Monthly Rail Occurrence Statistics

October 2017

Table 1 Railway Occurrence and Casualty
  October January to October
  2017 2016 2012-2016 average 2017 2016 2012-2016 average
Data extracted November 15, 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 81 85 87 897 728 848
Main-track train collisions 0 0 0 3 3 5
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 1 4 3 44 29 34
Main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 1 1 1 4 7 9
Main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 4 4 2 22 11 22
Crossings 13 10 16 113 99 137
Non-main-track train collisions 5 4 8 80 50 75
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* 24 30 33 343 293 323
Non-main-track train derailments - 3-5 cars 6 7 6 62 49 69
Non-main-track train derailments - 6 or more cars 5 2 3 27 23 25
Collisions/derailments involving track units 5 3 4 40 19 27
Employee/passenger 1 0 1 12 12 9
Trespassers 7 9 4 73 61 54
Fires/explosions 2 5 3 25 28 23
Other 7 6 4 48 44 36
Incidents 17 24 27 231 277 264
Main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 0 1 0 3 4 2
Non-main-track train collisions* (no derailment, no damage) 0 1 0 1 4 3
Non-main-track train derailments - 1-2 cars* (no damage) 4 8 5 56 84 65
Dangerous goods leaker ** 4 1 5 37 26 55
Main-track switch in abnormal position 1 0 1 8 3 6
Movement exceeds limits of authority 8 11 13 103 116 104
Runaway rolling stock 0 1 1 10 8 10
Others 0 1 3 13 32 19
Million train-miles (a)       69.08 66.02 70.63
Accidents/million train-miles       12.98 11.03 12.01
Accidents involving dangerous goods 7 5 11 83 83 106
Main-track train derailments 2 0 1 10 7 12
Crossings 0 1 1 4 3 4
Non-main-track train collisions 1 0 2 27 15 22
Non-main-track train derailments 4 3 8 37 52 65
All others 0 1 0 5 6 4
Accidents with a DG release 1 0 1 5 1 4
Accidents involving passenger trains 5 5 5 46 42 41
Accidents involving runaway rolling stock 3 2 2 24 21 24
Fatalities 6 7 4 62 57 67
Crossings 2 1 2 14 17 21
Trespassers 4 6 2 48 40 35
All others 0 0 0 0 0 11
Serious injuries 4 4 3 57 48 46
Crossings 1 1 1 18 21 21
Trespassers 2 3 2 21 18 16
All others 1 0 0 18 9 8

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