Freight Train Involved In Fatal Derailment Started On Its Own: TSB

 Thursday, February 7, 2019

 Canadian Underwriter

A Canadian Pacific freight train parked on a frigid night in the Rocky Mountains began to move on its own before a derailment that killed three workers and sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives hurling off the track. The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade with its air brakes applied for two hours near Field, B.C., just west of the Alberta-B.C. boundary, when it started rolling. The handbrakes were never applied. “It was not anything the crew did,” senior investigator James Carmichael said Tuesday. “The train started to move on its own.”
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