Rail transportation safety investigation R18M0037

Updated in April 2020 : This investigation is in the report phase.

Table of contents

Employee fatality

Canadian National
Edmundston, New Brunswick

The occurrence

On , a Canadian National train crew was switching cars in Edmundston yard in Edmundston, New Brunswick, when a car rolled uncontrolled on the east end yard lead and collided with the train’s locomotive. A conductor trainee, who was standing on the side ladder of the locomotive, received fatal injuries. The TSB is investigating.

Progress to date

  • The investigation team has collected and analyzed the data from the event recorder in the lead locomotive.
  • The occurrence has been reconstructed using information from interviews and data collected.
  • Investigators have performed brake force testing on the cars involved.

Next steps

The investigation is now in the report phase.

Safety communications

Media materials

Deployment notice


TSB deploys a team of investigators to the site of a railway accident at Edmundston Yard in Edmundston, New Brunswick

Gatineau, Quebec, 4 December 2018 — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to the site of a Canadian National Railway fatal accident at Edmundston Yard in Edmundston, New Brunswick. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.

Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Photo of Guy Laporte

Guy Laporte joined the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) 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.

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.

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