Rail transportation safety investigation R18T0032

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 11 September 2018.

Table of contents

Crossing accident

VIA Rail Canada Inc.
Passenger train No. 85
Mile 57, Guelph Subdivision
Breslau, Ontario

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The occurrence

On , a VIA Rail passenger train struck a delivery truck at a public crossing at Mile 57 on the Guelph Subdivison near the city of Breslau, Ontario. The lone occupant of the truck was fatally injured.

Media materials

News releases

2018-09-11

Investigation report: February 2018 crossing accident in Breslau, Ontario
Read the news release

Deployment notice

2017-02-08

TSB deploys an investigator to a railway crossing accident in Kitchener, Ontario

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying an investigator to a crossing accident involving a Via Rail passenger train in Kitchener, Ontario. The TSB is gathering information and assessing the occurrence.


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Robert Bruder

Robert Bruder joined the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) in September 2013 as a Regional Senior Investigator for Rail and Pipeline at the Toronto office. Mr. Bruder has an extensive background in railway operations and risk management garnered over a 36-year career with the Canadian National (CN). He managed CN's Risk Management Department for Eastern Canada from 2004 to 2013, and was extensively involved in the development and implementation of CN's safety management system, accident/injury investigation, analysis and cause-finding processes, as well as derailment emergency response and mitigation.


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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

  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.

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