Man­i­toba de­rail­ment caused by bro­ken rail: re­port

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

WIN­NIPEG — A bro­ken rail caused a Cana­dian Pa­cific Rail­way Ltd. freight train to de­rail in Fe­bru­ary 2014 in Man­i­toba. The Trans­porta­tion Safety Board says in its re­port into the de­rail­ment near Keyes that the rail failed due to another train with de­fec­tive wheels trav­el­ling through the same area about six hours ear­lier. The freight train had left Bre­den­bury, Sask., for St. Paul, Minn., and was made up of two lo­co­mo­tives, 50 loaded cars and 22 empty cars. The board says the crew first noted a rough sec­tion of track just be­fore 25 loaded cov­ered hopper cars and two empty cars left the track. There were no dan­ger­ous goods and no in­juries. The board says the pre­vi­ous train had one car with large, flat spots on its wheel treads, which in­di­cates brake fail­ure, and that likely af­fected the in­tegrity of the rail. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion says there are no ex­plicit pro­to­cols in place to in­spect the track af­ter a train with known high-im­pact wheels passes through non-sig­nalled ter­ri­tory. The TSB is an in­de­pen­dent agency that in­ves­ti­gates marine, pipeline, rail­way and avi­a­tion trans­porta­tion in­ci­dents.

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