Monthly Rail Occurrence Statistics

September 2017

Table 1 Railway Occurrence and Casualty
  September January to September
  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 87 74 82 817 643 760
Main-track train collisions 0 1 0 3 3 5
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 4 4 3 44 25 32
Main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 0 0 1 3 6 8
Main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 3 0 1 18 7 20
Crossings 9 12 12 100 89 121
Non-main-track train collisions 5 3 8 75 46 67
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 39 33 32 318 263 290
Non-main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 2 7 7 56 42 62
Non-main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 1 2 3 22 21 22
Collisions/derailments involving track units 6 0 3 35 16 24
Employee/passenger 1 1 0 11 12 8
Trespassers 12 4 5 66 52 50
Fires/explosions 2 4 2 23 23 20
Other 2 3 4 41 38 32
Incidents 14 25 23 214 253 237
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) 2 4 4 52 76 60
Dangerous goods leaker ** 7 2 5 33 25 51
Main-track switch in abnormal position 2 0 0 7 3 6
Movement exceeds limits of authority 3 16 11 95 105 90
Runaway rolling stock 0 0 1 10 7 10
Others 0 3 1 13 31 17
Million train-miles (a)       61.85 59.14 63.35
Accidents/million train-miles       13.21 10.87 12
Accidents involving dangerous goods 6 6 9 77 78 95
Main-track train derailments 3 0 1 8 7 10
Crossings 0 0 0 4 2 3
Non-main-track train collisions 2 0 1 26 15 21
Non-main-track train derailments 1 6 6 34 49 57
All others 0 0 1 5 5 4
Accidents with a DG release 1 0 0 4 1 3
Accidents involving passenger trains 7 5 3 41 37 37
Accidents involving runaway rolling stock 2 1 3 21 19 22
Fatalities 9 4 5 56 50 63
Crossings 2 3 2 12 16 19
Trespassers 7 1 3 44 34 32
All others 0 0 0 0 0 11
Serious injuries 7 4 6 52 44 43
Crossings 2 1 4 17 20 20
Trespassers 4 2 1 19 15 14
All others 1 1 0 16 9 8

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