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Rail transportation safety investigation R14M0002

Update: The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 19 June 2015.

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Main-track derailment

Canadian National
Freight train M30831-06
Mile 152.60, Napadogan Subdivision
Plaster Rock, New Brunswick

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The occurrence

On , at approximately 1847 Atlantic Standard Time, Canadian National freight train M30831-06 was proceeding eastward when it derailed 19 cars and 1 distributed power locomotive in the Napadogan Subdivision, near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. The distributed power locomotive and most of the derailed cars piled up at Mile 152.60. About 230 000 litres of hydrocarbons spilled from the tank cars and caught fire. Approximately 150 residents were evacuated within a 1.6-kilometre radius. A total of about 350 feet of railway track was destroyed. There were no injuries.


Media materials

News release

2014-06-12

Investigation progress update: Derailment of Canadian National freight train at Plaster  Rock, New Brunswick, 7 January 2014
Read the news release

Deployment notice

2014-01-07

TSB deploys a team to the site of a CN train derailment near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team to the site of a CN train derailment near Plaster Rock, New Brunswick. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


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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Class of investigation

This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 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.