Agency Wants CN to Assess Safety For VIA

After two VIA Rail Canada trains were damaged by track work materials that had been placed along their route, the Transportation Safety Board of Canada issued a safety advisory letter.

The Safety Board suggested that host railroad Canadian National conduct a risk assessment to come up with safety measures that will prevent VIA equipment from being damaged.

The materials had been placed along the tracks in advance of track work projects.

The Safety Board took action after two incident occurred.

On first of those occurred on Feb. 2 near Brighton, Ontario, when combined trains 52 (Toronto-Ottawa) and 62 (Toronto-Montreal) struck tie plates plated between the rails.

A locomotive fuel tank ruptured and 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.

Debris from that incident also resulted in a CN employee in a hi-rail vehicle parked near the track being seriously injured.

The train struck the tie plates while traveling at 95 mph.

The second incident occurred March 20, near Truro, Nova Scotia, when the westbound Ocean was damaged by materials, including tie plates.

In that incident, the second locomotive in the two-engine, 14-car consist also sustained a punctured fuel tanks. Some windows in passenger cars were broken, but there were no injuries.

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