Gatineau, Quebec, 18 September 2013 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has launched a full investigation into the collision between an OC Transpo bus and a VIA Rail passenger train that occurred earlier today in Ottawa, Ontario.
“On behalf of everybody at the TSB, I extend our sincerest condolences to the families of those who lost a loved one,” said Wendy Tadros, Chair of the TSB. “We are committed to finding out what happened, and why, so we can help ensure it doesn't happen again.”
At 08:48 this morning, a double-decker OC Transpo bus collided with VIA Rail passenger train 51 at a level crossing on the transitway east of the Fallowfield Station in Ottawa. The train was en route to Toronto. Shortly before 11:00, a team of TSB investigators arrived on scene, and began investigating the occurrence.
We are in the very early stages of our investigation, and a team of experts will continue to gather information, examine the accident site, and interview witnesses, passengers and bystanders. During this first phase of our investigation, the TSB will:
- examine and document the accident site;
- assess and photograph the wreckages of the train and bus;
- examine the crossing, its design and the sight lines of the track from the road;
- determine whether warning systems at the crossing (bells, lights, barriers, whistles, etc.) were functioning correctly; and
- download and examine the data from the locomotive event recorder.
Crossing accidents have long been a concern for the TSB. Between 2003 and 2012, there were 2,162 crossing accidents on Canada’s federally-regulated railways, which resulted in 266 fatalities and 346 serious injuries.Error processing SSI file