TSB to release report on Northern Ontario derailment

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GOGAMA, Ont. – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada will release a report today into a CN Rail train derailment in northern Ontario that caused numerous tank cars to catch fire and crashed into a river system.

The derailment happened March 7, 2015, near Gogama, about 80 kilometres south of Timmins.

Ten train cars carrying crude oil were involved, some of which caught fire and entered the Mattagami River.

There were no injuries reported, but residents of the nearby Mattagami First Nation were advised to stay indoors during the cleanup due to possible smoke inhalation and told not to consume water from the community source.

The derailment was the third in northern Ontario in less than a month, and the second in the same area.

A CN freight train derailed two days before about 100 kilometres east of Hornepayne, Ont., but there was no leakage from the 16 tank cars. On Feb. 14, 2015, a derailment in the same area south of Timmins saw 29 cars loaded with crude oil and petroleum distillates derail and cause a fire.

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  1. I would bet it happened due to poor maintenance of the roadbed and/or rails.
    They are too chintzy to pay the required manpower to do it right like it used to be.
    Profits are far more important than safety these days.

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