Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Transportation Safety Board Reports 24 Runaway Trains So Far in 2016

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Transportation Safety Board Reports 24 Runaway Trains So Far in 2016

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TSB reports 24 runaway trains so far in 2016

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MONTREAL - The Transportation Safety Board says there have been 24 cases this year of stationary trains suddenly lurching into gear.

The federal agency says there were 42 similar cases last year and 30 in 2014.

The locations of the incidents weren't specified.

Since the Lac-Megantic train tragedy in 2013 in which 47 people were killed, the federal Transport Department has implemented several of the TSB's recommendations in order to help avoid such disasters.

In that case, an idled train carrying crude oil careened into downtown Lac-Megantic, derailed and exploded, resulting in the heavy casualty list and massive property destruction.

Transport Canada says in an email the TSB has changed its requirements for reporting such events in 2014, which likely contributed to a spike in the number of incidents reported. …

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