OTTAWA – The Transportation Safety Board has provided an update on the ongoing investigation into the derailment of a CP Rail train near Field British Columbia.
On 04 February 2019, Canadian Pacific train 301 was proceeding westward to Vancouver when 99 cars and 2 locomotives derailed at Mile 130.6 of the Laggan Subdivision, near Field, British Columbia. The train crew consisted of a locomotive engineer, a conductor and a conductor trainee. The 3 crew members were fatally injured.
What we know
Progress to date
The investigation team has conducted the following information-gathering work:
There are currently two TSB investigators at the accident site, and two investigators are coordinating efforts from the Calgary office. The team is augmented by investigators from the TSB Engineering Lab and the TSB Human Factors Division.
On site, we will continue to:
In addition, we will examine:
The TSB’s investigation will determine causes and contributing factors of this accident. Concurrent investigations are being conducted by other agencies and for other purposes. Other investigating agencies include Transport Canada under an extended jurisdiction agreement with Employment and Social Development Canada – Labour Program, and the BC Coroner’s office. The TSB will work with these agencies to ensure that those affected, including the next of kin, are provided with information about the accident and the next steps.
With any significant incident, there are many questions that need to be answered. As you are aware, CP immediately initiated an investigation and since then has collected a significant amount of information which we will continue to analyze in order to determine the cause of the derailment. We have committed to fully cooperate with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB), Transport Canada (TC), and other agencies, and have provided information as requested. Through this concerted effort, we are establishing some key facts and gaining a preliminary understanding of the chain of events. We will provide further updates in due course. Additionally, the TSB will release its own independent findings at a later date.
In the meantime, CP crews, contractors and agencies are working diligently in challenging conditions to remove the damaged rail cars and equipment. We expect this process to take a number of days.