News release

Lac-Mégantic update: On-site operations wrapping up, ongoing investigation remains a top priority

Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, 1 August 2013 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is wrapping up its on-site operations at Lac-Mégantic.  The team of investigators has completed their examination and documentation of the wreckage scene and gathered the data they need from the accident site (red zone). Now that the field phase is winding down, the TSB is moving into the examination and analysis phase of this investigation. The investigation is on-going, and while there are no definitive findings to report at this time, there are some important next steps.

Next steps

The investigation team has identified a series of tests to be completed and a number of items to be examined at the TSB laboratory in Ottawa. In the coming months, the investigators and engineering experts will:

Completing these tests, verifying the results and conducting thorough analyses will allow the TSB to piece together exactly what happened and why.

“We need to be thorough and it will take months,” said Donald Ross, TSB's Investigator-in-Charge. “This investigation remains a top priority for the TSB. As we leave the site, we wish to assure the citizens of
Lac-Mégantic and all Canadians that the TSB's key experts will continue to be dedicated to this important investigation,” he added.

If at any stage during the investigation the TSB identifies additional safety deficiencies, it will communicate directly with Transport Canada and the industry, and will inform the public. 

Visit the active investigation page for more information about this investigation.

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