Calgary track condition not a cause of train derailment, says CP Rail

Emergency crews respond to a train derailment in the area of 15 Street and 19 Avenue S.E. on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. Global News

According to CP Rail, an investigation into Thursday’s train derailment in Calgary is still underway, but the condition of the track has been ruled out as a cause.

“CP crews completed re-railing the rail cars [Thursday] night at 7:30 p.m. There was no track damage,” spokesperson Salem Woodrow wrote in an email to Global News.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of a train derailment in the community of Inglewood at around 6:20 a.m. where over a dozen train cars derailed near Alyth yard.

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Officials said the train cars were travelling at a very slow speed and that all of them were empty, except one, which was carrying “vegetable product.” No injuries were reported, according to EMS.

Transportation Safety Board of Canada senior investigator Don Crawford said Friday his team is looking at factors including infrastructure, equipment, track geometry and train  handling.

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“One of the things we’re going to be looking at is the locomotive event recorder: we want to know what the locomotive engineer was doing at the controls at the time of the derailment,” Crawford said.

He said the event recorder reveals information like speed, throttle position, what the engineer is doing with the brakes and whether he’s ringing the bell or blowing the whistle at the time of derailment.

In September 2013, a train also jumped the tracks in the area. Crawford said the TSB never made any recommendations specific to that investigation.

He said he doesn’t have a timeline for the investigation, and can’t speculate on what recommendations might be made, if any.

“Some investigations can be quite complex, so we take the time we need to do a thorough investigation and look at all the factors.”

Watch below: CP Rail apologizes for train derailment in southeast Calgary Feb. 18

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With files from Global’s Melissa Ramsay


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