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February 07, 2019 | Canadian Underwriter

TSB: Grain Train in Fatal Derailment Started on Its Own

Derailment killed three workers, sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives off track


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, reports Canadian Underwriter.

The Transportation Safety Board says the westbound train had been parked on a grade with its air brakes applied for two hours near Field, BC, 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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