Rail transportation safety investigation R18W0237

Updated in September 2019: This ongoing investigation is in the report phase.

Table of contents

Main-track derailment

The occurrence

On , a Hudson Bay Railway train derailed at Mile 99.6 of the Wekusko Subdivision near Ponton, Manitoba, due to a washout, resulting in the derailment of 3 locomotives and 4 tank cars. One crew member received fatal injuries and the other crew member received serious injuries. The tank cars did not breach or lose product, but diesel fuel leaked from the damaged locomotives.

Media materials

Deployment notice

2018-09-17

TSB deploys an investigator to a train derailment near Ponton, Manitoba

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying an investigator to a Hudson Bay Railway train derailment that occurred on 15 September 2018 near Ponton, Manitoba. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Jerry Berriault

Jerry Berriault has been with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2007. He is a senior regional investigator, Central Region, based out of the Winnipeg, Manitoba, office.

Among other responsibilities, he has been the Investigator-in-Charge of eight rail accident investigations and served as a team member in a number of other investigations throughout Canada providing operational and technical expertise.

Before joining the TSB, Mr. Berriault held numerous positions with Canadian National Railway (CN) from 1980 until 2007 including superintendent of operations. While at CN he gained extensive knowledge of all aspects of train operations, including both the mechanical and engineering functions.


Photos


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Class of investigation

This is a class 2 investigation. These investigations are particularly complex and involve several safety issues requiring in-depth analysis. Class 2 investigations, which frequently result in recommendations, are generally completed within 600 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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