Rail news release 2011

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada releases investigation report into the September 2010 freight train derailment near St-Lazare, QC

(Gatineau, Quebec, 05 December 2011) – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its final investigation report (R10D0077) into the 23 September 2010 derailment of a Canadian Pacific Railway freight train near St-Lazare, QC.

On 23 September 2010, a freight train consisting of 2 locomotives and 54 container cars was proceeding westward from Dorion, QC. After passing a signal showing a clear indication, the crew noticed debris on the track ahead, attempted to stop the train but could not stop it in time. The train struck the debris and derailed 2 locomotives and 11 cars near St-Lazare, QC. The accident caused minor injuries to both crew members and a small spill of dangerous goods.


The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation 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.

For more information, contact:
Transportation Safety Board of Canada
Media Relations
Telephone: 819-994-8053
Email: media@tsb.gc.ca