Rail transportation safety investigation R18D0069
The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 9 December 2019.
Main-track train derailment
Canadian Pacific Railway
Freight train 142-14
Mile 36.6, Winchester Subdivision
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On , at approximately 1845 Eastern Daylight Time, Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) freight train 142-14 experienced a train-initiated emergency brake application at Mile 36.6 on the south track of CP’s Winchester Subdivision, near Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec. An inspection determined that 22 cars had derailed. There were no injuries and there was no release of dangerous goods.
Rail Safety Advisory Letter 07/18: Securement of loads on flat cars equipped with an A-frame structure
Inadequate securement of cargo on a rail car led to July 2018 derailment near Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec
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TSB is deploying an investigator tomorrow morning to a derailment in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec
Dorval, Quebec, 16 July 2018 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying an investigator tomorrow morning to the site of a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailment in Saint-Polycarpe, Quebec. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.
Map showing the location of the occurrence
Don Mustard has been with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2002. Over the years he has been an investigator-in-charge (IIC), a standards and performance specialist, and a team member on numerous rail and pipeline accident investigations. Mr. Mustard received a Public Service Award of Excellence for his contributions to the Lac-Mégantic investigation. He has also been recognized for his contributions to other major TSB investigations, most recently on the investigation into the fatal runaway train derailment near Field, British Columbia, in 2019. His research work has been presented and published at international industry events such as the International Heavy Haul Association and the International Level Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention Symposium. Mr. Mustard recently completed his Master of Science in Applied Analytics at Columbia University, with a focus on the application of analytics to safety management, and spent a year on sabbatical applying those studies as the Manager, Safety Risk Management at Metrolinx.
Before joining the TSB, Mr. Mustard spent 13 years providing geological and communication services to resource companies and Canada’s nuclear regulator.
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Class of investigation
This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 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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