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Rail transportation safety investigation R18C0076

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 04 March 2019.

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Main-track derailment

Canadian Pacific Railway
Freight train A13-31
Mile 50.7, Montana Subdivision
Stirling, Alberta

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The occurrence

On , a Canadian Pacific train travelling southward went into emergency at Mile 50.7 of the Montana Subdivision near Stirling, Alberta. The inspection revealed that 16 loaded cars containing canola derailed. No injuries have been reported and no dangerous goods were involved. The TSB is investigating.

Media materials

News Releases


Investigation report: July 2018 main-track derailment near Stirling, Alberta
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Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team to a derailment near Lethbridge, Alberta

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a Canadian Pacific Railway train derailment near Lethbridge, Alberta. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence. No dangerous goods were involved and there were no injuries.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of James Carmichael

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 investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates air, marine, pipeline, and rail transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.