Monthly Rail Occurrence Statistics

January 2017

Table 1 Railway Occurrence and Casualty
  January Year to Date (January)
  2017 2016 2012-2016
Average
2017 2016 2012-2016
Average

Data extracted February 15, 2017.

All 5-year averages have been rounded. The totals sometimes do not coincide to the sum of these averages.

  1. Train-miles estimated. (Source: Transport Canada)

New TSB regulations came into effect on July 1, 2014, changing some reporting requirements.

* Under new reporting requirements all derailments are reportable. As of January 1, 2017, some derailments and collisions with minimal consequences will be categorized as reportable incidents, including:

  • Derailments involving 1 to 2 cars, with no equipment or track damage, no equipment set aside/removed/bad ordered, no injuries, no fires, and no release of dangerous goods.
  • Non-main-track collisions, with no equipment or track damage, no equipment set aside/removed/bad ordered, no injuries, no fires, no release of dangerous goods, and did not foul the main track.
  • For previously reported occurrences (going back to January 1, 2014), the TSB will review these types of occurrences and make adjustments to the category (as required). As such, until the review is completed, monthly statistics involving these types of occurrences will continue to change as the records are updated. In addition, on an ongoing basis, some occurrences, initially categorized as an accident, will be adjusted to the incident category upon receipt of the occurrence details.

** Under new reporting requirements the minimum reporting threshold for incidents (200 litres) involving the release of low vapour pressure flammable liquids has been harmonized with Part 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.

Accidents 82 84 101 82 84 101
Main-Track Train Collisions 0 0 1 0 0 1
Main-Track Train Derailments - 1-2 cars* 4 2 4 4 2 4
Main-Track Train Derailments - 3-5 cars 0 1 1 0 1 1
Main-Track Train Derailments - 6 or more cars 1 1 3 1 1 3
Crossings 13 13 20 13 13 20
Non-Main-Track Train Collisions 11 11 9 11 11 9
Non-Main-Track Train Derailments - 1-2 cars* 27 35 44 27 35 44
Non-Main-Track Train Derailments - 3-5 cars 8 7 7 8 7 7
Non-Main-Track Train Derailments - 6 or more cars 3 2 1 3 2 1
Collisions/Derailments Involving Track Units 4 2 3 4 2 3
Employee/Passenger 1 1 1 1 1 1
Trespassers 6 2 3 6 2 3
Fires/Explosions 1 1 2 1 1 2
Other 3 6 4 3 6 4
Incidents 30 13 14 30 13 14
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 0 N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A
Non-main-track train collisions* (no derailment, no damage) 0 N/A N/A 0 N/A N/A
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 12 N/A N/A 12 N/A N/A
Dangerous Goods Leaker ** 2 3 4 2 3 4
Main-track Switch in Abnormal Position 1 0 0 1 0 0
Movement Exceeds Limits of Authority 14 9 8 14 9 8
Runaway Rolling Stock 1 1 1 1 1 1
Others 0 0 1 0 0 1
Million Train-miles (a)       6.85 6.71 7.1
Accidents/Million Train-miles       11.97 12.52 14.23
Accidents Involving Dangerous Goods 10 18 14 10 18 14
Main-track Train Derailments 1 2 2 1 2 2
Crossings 0 1 1 0 1 1
Non-Main-Track Train Collisions 6 6 4 6 6 4
Non-Main-Track Train Derailments 3 9 8 3 9 8
All Others 0 0 0 0 0 0
Accidents with a DG Release 1 0 1 1 0 1
Accidents Involving Passenger Trains 5 4 6 5 4 6
Accidents Involving Runaway Rolling Stock 4 0 2 4 0 2
Fatalities 5 2 4 5 2 4
Crossings 2 1 3 2 1 3
Trespassers 3 1 1 3 1 1
All Others 0 0 0 0 0 0
Serious Injuries 5 5 5 5 5 5
Crossings 3 4 3 3 4 3
Trespassers 2 1 1 2 1 1
All Others 0 0 1 0 0 1

Note: This is preliminary information subject to year-end validation and reconciliation.