Monthly Rail Occurrence Statistics

August 2017

Table 1 Railway Occurrence and Casualty
  August January to August
  2017 2016 2012-2016
average
2017 2016 2012-2016
average
Data extracted October 17, 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. The TSB has reviewed derailments and collisions back to January 1, 2014 and recategorized occurrences with minimal consequences 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.
** 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 89 65 84 730 569 678
Main-track train collisions 0 1 1 3 2 5
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 5 1 1 40 21 29
Main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 0 0 1 3 6 7
Main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 3 1 2 15 7 18
Crossings 17 3 12 91 77 109
Non-main-track train collisions 8 4 8 70 43 59
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 31 33 33 279 230 258
Non-main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 8 4 7 54 35 55
Non-main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 0 2 2 21 19 19
Collisions/derailments involving track units 3 1 4 29 16 20
Employee/passenger 1 1 1 10 11 8
Trespassers 4 5 8 54 48 45
Fires/explosions 5 3 2 21 19 18
Other 4 6 3 39 35 28
Incidents 27 24 28 200 228 214
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 0 0 0 3 3 1
Non-main-track train collisions* (no derailment, no damage) 0 0 0 1 3 2
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 5 9 5 50 72 56
Dangerous goods leaker ** 5 1 6 26 23 45
Main-track switch in abnormal position 1 1 1 5 3 6
Movement exceeds limits of authority 16 9 13 92 89 79
Runaway rolling stock 0 1 1 10 7 9
Others 0 3 1 13 28 16
Million train-miles (a)       54.88 52.59 56.42
Accidents/million train-miles       13.3 10.82 12.02
Accidents involving dangerous goods 5 7 8 71 72 86
Main-track train derailments 0 1 1 5 7 10
Crossings 0 0 0 4 2 3
Non-main-track train collisions 1 2 1 24 15 19
Non-main-track train derailments 4 3 5 33 43 51
All others 0 1 1 5 5 3
Accidents with a DG release 0 0 0 3 1 3
Accidents involving passenger trains 2 4 5 34 32 33
Accidents involving runaway rolling stock 3 1 2 19 18 19
Fatalities 6 4 7 47 46 58
Crossings 3 0 2 10 13 17
Trespassers 3 4 5 37 33 30
All others 0 0 0 0 0 11
Serious injuries 4 8 6 45 40 37
Crossings 1 6 2 15 19 16
Trespassers 1 1 3 15 13 13
All others 2 1 1 15 8 8

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