Monthly Rail Occurrence Statistics

April 2017

Table 1 Railway Occurrence and Casualty
  April January to April
  2017 2016 2012-2016 average 2017 2016 2012-2016 average
Data extracted May 16, 2017.
All 5-year averages have been rounded. The totals sometimes do not coincide to the sum of these averages.
a. 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 injuries, no fires, and no release of dangerous goods.
Non-main-track collisions, with no equipment or track damage, 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 liters) involving the release low vapour pressure flammable liquids has been harmonized with Part 8 of the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations.
Accidents 83 78 87 375 342 391
Main-track train collisions 0 0 1 1 0 2
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 2 2 5 18 9 17
Main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 0 0 1 2 4 4
Main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 0 0 3 2 2 9
Crossings 7 9 9 44 42 61
Non-main-track train collisions 10 4 6 42 21 32
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 36 39 38 155 158 171
Non-main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 8 4 8 28 16 25
Non-main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 3 3 4 11 11 10
Collisions/derailments involving track units 5 2 2 15 15 12
Employee/passenger 1 0 1 5 6 4
Trespassers 6 4 4 23 17 16
Fires/explosions 1 3 2 7 8 9
Other 4 8 4 22 33 19
Incidents 18 16 17 108 67 66
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 1 N/A N/A
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 4 N/A N/A 37 N/A N/A
Dangerous goods leaker ** 2 1 5 5 5 20
Main-track switch in abnormal position 1 0 0 4 1 3
Movement exceeds limits of authority 9 12 9 45 54 35
Runaway rolling stock 1 0 1 6 3 5
Others 1 2 1 10 3 4
Million train-miles (a)       27.52 26.85 28.37
Accidents/million train-miles       13.63 12.74 13.78
Accidents involving dangerous goods 2 10 10 36 50 55
Main-track train derailments 0 0 1 1 3 4
Crossings 0 0 0 3 1 2
Non-main-track train collisions 1 2 1 15 10 12
Non-main-track train derailments 1 7 7 14 32 35
All others 0 1 1 3 4 2
Accidents with a DG release 0 0 1 2 1 2
Accidents involving passenger trains 3 5 3 16 20 17
Accidents involving runaway rolling stock 2 3 2 12 5 10
Fatalities 4 8 5 18 19 20
Crossings 0 4 2 3 6 8
Trespassers 4 4 3 15 13 10
All others 0 0 0 0 0 2
Serious injuries 4 2 2 20 15 18
Crossings 2 2 1 8 9 8
Trespassers 1 0 1 6 3 5
All others 1 0 0 6 3 5

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