Rail transportation safety investigation R18E0138
Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 9 July 2019.
anadian National Railway Company
Freight train G83342-24
Mile 24.30, Wainwright Subdivision
On , a Canadian National Railway train, travelling westward at approximately 51 mph, experienced an undesired emergency brake application at mile 24.3 of the Wainwright Subdivision, near Landis, Saskatchewan. An inspection revealed that 41 cars, all loaded grain hoppers, and 2 mid-train remotes had derailed. No injuries have been reported and no dangerous goods were involved.
Investigation report: September 2018 main-track derailment in Landis, Saskatchewan
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TSB deploys a team of investigators to a train derailment near Landis, Saskatchewan
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to a Canadian National Railway train derailment that occurred near Landis, Saskatchewan. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Map showing the location of the occurrence
James Carmichael has been with the Transportation Board of Canada (TSB) in the Railway/Pipeline Investigations Branch since 2008. During his time at the TSB he has been a key investigator in a number of investigations in Western Canada.
Before joining the TSB, Mr. Carmichael held various mechanical positions with four separate railroads. At British Columbia Railway (BCR) from 1980 to 2004, Mr. Carmichael gained considerable experience in the mechanical field; he worked as a carman and progressed into a management role as general supervisor in the Car Department. Over the next 4 years Mr. Carmichael worked for CN Rail and CP Rail as a mechanical supervisor. He was also regional manager for Mechanical with OmniTRAX's Carlton Trail, Hudson Bay, and Okanagan Valley Railroads. He holds certifications as a hazardous materials technician and tank car specialist and was a member of BCR’s Emergency Response Team. Mr. Carmichael lives in Calgary, Alberta.
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Class of investigation
This is a class 4 investigation. These are limited-scope investigations that may contain limited analysis, but do not include findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 200 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.
TSB investigation process
There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation
- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
- Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.
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