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VIA Rail Caused 2019 VIA Ocean Derailment

October 1, 2020

Canadian safety authorities have concluded that a broken rail triggered the 2019 derailment of VIA Rail Canada’s Ocean in New Brunswick that left three passengers injured.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said the rail broke at the Lakeville Road crossing near Coal Branch on April 4, 2019.

The web of the north rail — the narrow section between the head and foot — fractured as the train passed over it.

The last two cars of the train derailed, but remained upright. The train was traveling 60 mph at the time of the derailment.

Passengers in the last car, a dome-lounge-observation, were unable to reach the emergency brake and a crew member in the car was unable to contact the locomotive engineer because his portable radio was thrown out of reach.

The report said the Montreal to Halifax train continued for another mile beyond the derailment point before it stopped.

Investigators said a 119-inch section of rail broke at the derailment site with the break having been exacerbated because of the use of road salt.

The Safety Board expressed concerns in its conclusion about the lack of rail inspection requirements at such locations.

Although Transport Canada requires track inspection and maintenance, its rules do not specifically address corrosion.

The Safety Board said a lack rail web inspections at grade crossings could lead to similar failures elsewhere.

Broken Rail Blamed in VIA Derailment

August 15, 2020

A December 2019 derailment of a VIA Rail Canada train in Manitoba was caused by a broken rail investigators have concluded.

A fracture caused a 34½-inch gap that led to the derailment that resulted in injuries five people.

The Transportation Safety Board said the fracture occurred at a joint bar where a section of rail had been replaced in March 2019.

The rail had down signs of fatigue fractures for some time.

An October inspection by a track car had shown flaws below the level requiring immediate action.

Truck-mounted track inspection equipment failed to note defects during a passage in November.

The fracture is believed to have occurred when an empty Canadian National crude-oil unit train passed over the rail three hours before the VIA No. 692 operating between Winnipeg and Churchill, Manitoba at 6:45 a.m. west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

The two VIA locomotives overturned and baggage car left the rails.

Two crew members in the locomotive, a passenger crew member, and two passengers were injured in the derailment.

CN has since changed its track maintenance procedures regarding maintenance in the vicinity of a rail joint.

Agency Wants CN to Assess Safety For VIA

March 30, 2019

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.