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Rail transportation safety investigation R13W0124

The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 11 June 2014.

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Subgrade collapse and derailment

VIA Rail Canada Inc.
Train P69341-28
Mile 83.55 Togo Subdivision
Togo, Saskatchewan

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The occurrence

On 28 April 2013, at approximately 1840 Central Standard Time, VIA Rail northward passenger train No. P69341-28 encountered a roadbed slump at Mile 83.55 of the Canadian National Railway Togo Subdivision, near Togo, Saskatchewan. The two locomotives and the two leading cars derailed. The fuel tanks on both locomotives ruptured, leaking diesel fuel that ignited and burned until it dissipated into the subgrade material. There were no injuries.

Media materials

News releases


Blocked water drainage system led to April 2013 embankment collapse and derailment of a VIA Rail train near Togo, Saskatchewan
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Deployment notice


Transportation Safety Board of Canada deploys a team to the site of a derailment near Canora, Saskatchewan

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a derailment near Canora, Saskatchewan. Yesterday, at approximately 19:30 Central Time, a VIA Rail passenger train derailed 2 locomotives and 2 coach cars. All 7 passengers and 4 crew were evacuated safely and there were no injuries. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Don Mustard

Don Mustard has been a senior investigator with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) for more than 20 years. He has led and supported numerous rail and pipeline accident investigations and is a specialist in investigative methodology, regulatory affairs, safety management systems and data analysis. Mr. Mustard holds an MS in Applied Analytics from Columbia University and undergraduate degrees in communications and science.

Over the years, Mr. Mustard has been recognized for his contributions to major TSB investigations. He received a Public Service Award of Excellence for his contributions to the Lac-Mégantic investigation and, most recently, for leading the safety management investigation team into the fatal runaway train derailment near Field, British Columbia, in 2019. His investigative work has been presented and published at international industry events, including the International Heavy Haul Association and the International Level Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention Symposium. His most recent work includes leading the implementation of the Safety Risk Management program at Metrolinx, while on sabbatical from his work at the TSB.

Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Mustard spent 13 years providing geological and communications services to resource companies and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.


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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.