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Bad track layout caused Calgary derailment

Transportation Safety Board reveals findings of investigation


January 16, 2015
by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

CALGARY, Alberta—The Transportation Safety Board says a train derailment that forced an evacuation and closed a major Calgary traffic artery at rush hour was caused by faulty track layout.

Seven cars carrying highly flammable hydrocarbons tipped over September 2013, although none spilled and no injuries were reported.

The safety board says in a report that the derailment occurred when the lip of a train wheel overloaded a switch point on the track in a rail yard.

About 140 houses in southeast Calgary were briefly evacuated.

Canadian Pacific Railway has since redesigned and improved that section of track.

The accident occurred about three months after another derailment on a bridge in downtown Calgary days after heavy flooding.

That derailment caused Mayor Naheed Nenshi to demand answers from the rail carrier.