In a new type of report, the Transportation Safety Board conducted a limited-scope, fact-gathering investigation into a train derailment with the purpose of advancing transportation safety through greater awareness of potential safety issuers.
Last October, 37 CP cars loaded with potash derailed about 43.5 km southeast of Swift Current. The crew discovered the derailment after a train-initiated emergency brake application.
There were no injuries but several of the cars spilled some of their load. About 24 hundred feet of track was either destroyed or damaged.
The board says the lead locomotive was equipped with a forward-facing camera and the recording showed no evidence of track anomalies.
The board says it’s likely that one of the cars hit a broken rail that had likely broken when the head-end portion of the train passed over it.