REGINA – The Transportation Safety Board (TSB) has released the results of their investigation to determine why a school bus driver was unaware of an approaching train in Carlyle, Saskatchewan.
On March 26, 2013 the school bus was hit on the front passenger side by the train, spinning the bus off the road. None of the students were seriously injured
TSB reports that the school bus did stop before attempting to cross the tracks, however, the driver did not open up the door, and did not see or hear the train.
Also, TSB ruled that the driver was likely distracted with the road traffic and pedestrian activity at the time.
In June 2013 the TSB sent a letter to Transport Canada suggesting that they work with provinces around the country to review the requirements for school buses when they stop at train crossings.
SGI will also distribute school bus and rail safety to student transportation providers and will recommend routine assessments of school bus routes be conducted to try and minimize the risk of railway crossing accidents.