Rail news release 2012

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases report into the February 2011 main-track derailment of a Canadian National train in Fort Fraser, British Columbia

Gatineau, Quebec, 24 April 2012 - The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (R11V0039) into the derailment of a Canadian National (CN) train in Fort Fraser, British Columbia.

On February 12, 2011, a CN Coal Train was travelling westward on the Nechako Subdivision at about 45 mph when it experienced a train–initiated emergency brake application near Fort Fraser. The investigation found that the L2 wheel on one car had failed catastrophically and a total of 36 cars had derailed, from the 43rd car to the 78th car inclusively. The wheel fractured when a crack, which had been growing over a period of time, reached such a size that the wheel could no longer support normal service loads.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation 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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Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca