Railway Investigation R16D0076

Crossing accident

The occurrence

On 18 August 2016, a Canadian National Railway (CN) crane coupled to a railroad car operating northward was struck by a tractor trailer at a public crossing. The crossing, at Mile 90.61 on the Joliette Subdivision in Saint-Norbert, Quebec, is equipped with flashing lights, a bell, and gates. The crane involved derailed upright. Two CN employees along with the driver and passenger from the tractor trailer were sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Guy Laporte

Guy Laporte joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in 2006. He had previously acquired valuable experience in the rail industry over a 27-year career at CN in Montréal, where he held various technician positions in Technical Services and supervisory positions with the railway’s Buildings and Bridges and Structures departments.

Since joining the TSB, Mr. Laporte has taken part in numerous rail accident investigations in Eastern Canada.

Mr. Laporte earned a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Montréal’s Collège Ahuntsic in 1978.

Photos

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Transportation Safety Board 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 marine, pipeline, railway and aviation 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.


Media

Deployment notices

2016-08-18

TSB has deployed an investigator to a rail accident in Saint-Norbert, Quebec
Read the deployment notice