Railway Investigation R15V0046

Exceeded limits of authority

The occurrence

On 11 March 2015 at 1:35 am, a Canadian Pacific freight train with 2 locomotives and 130 empty cars, departed Cranbrook, British Columbia and traveled east for 4 miles without authorization. The train was stopped by order of Rail Traffic Control (RTC). There were no conflicting movements on the subdivision at the time. The TSB has opened an investigation.

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Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Don Crawford

Mr. Crawford has many years of national and international railway experience. In his early career, he was a locomotive engineer with Canadian National Railway on its BC North Corridor and Vancouver based territories and with BC Rail on the former BC Rail property. In addition, Mr. Crawford has experience in training and supervisory roles and was a staff member at CN’s Gimli, Manitoba training facility. Internationally, Mr. Crawford worked in Kosovo after the 1998/99 war as part of the UN Peace Keeping effort helping to restore rail service to the country. Most recently, Mr. Crawford worked in Saudi Arabia as a locomotive instructor.

Transportation Safety Board investigation process

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  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.
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