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  • Crossing collision of VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger train No. 600 at mile 75.34, Canadian National Railway Company Joliette Subdivision, Sainte-Ursule, Quebec on 20 September 2016

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    On 20 September 2016, at approximately 1605 Eastern Daylight Time, VIA Rail Canada Inc. passenger train No. 600 was travelling southward at 60 mph on the Canadian National Railway Company Joliette Subdivision. The train was struck by a tractor-trailer at the Highway 348 public crossing at Mile 75.34 in Sainte-Ursule, Quebec. The first coach derailed, and the rail cars as well as the locomotives were damaged. Approximately 1860 gallons of fuel was spilled. The track and the crossing warning system were also damaged, and the tractor-trailer was destroyed. The driver sustained serious injuries, and 2 passengers on the train sustained minor injuries.

  • Main-track train collision of Canadian National Railway Company freight trains Q11251-03 and M30251-02 at mile 34.9, Edson Subdivision, Carvel, Alberta on 04 June 2016

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    On 04 June 2016, at about 0748 Mountain Daylight Time, Canadian National Railway Company freight train Q11251-03 was proceeding eastward on the Edson Subdivision when it collided at 18 mph with the tail end of train M30251-02 at Mile 34.9 near Carvel, Alberta. No cars derailed as a result of the collision. There was minor damage to 1 empty hopper car on train M30251-02. There were no injuries.

  • Sinking and subsequent loss of life of small open fishing vessel Pop's Pride at Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador on 06 September 2016

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    On 06 September 2016, at 1539 Newfoundland Daylight Time, the small open fishing vessel Pop's Pride, with 4 people on board, was reported overdue after it did not return to St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, from the fishing grounds off Cape Spear. Several vessels searched, and the bodies of 2 crew members were recovered. Both bodies were wearing personal flotation devices; however, the crew members' survivability had been reduced by the water temperature and the amount of time they had been in the water. The submerged vessel was recovered the following day. The other 2 crew members were not recovered and are presumed drowned.

  • Loss of control and collision with terrain of a Cessna U206F, C-FWBQ at Kuashkuapishiu Lake, 143 nm N of Baie-Comeau, Quebec on 25 September 2016

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    The privately operated Cessna U206F floatplane (registration C-FWBQ, serial number U20602785) was flying under visual flight rules from Kuashkuapishiu Lake, Quebec, to Ra-Ma Lake, Quebec, near the Manicouagan Reservoir, Quebec, with the pilot and 2 passengers aboard. After taking off at around 1400 Eastern Daylight Time, the aircraft began a climbing turn to the left while it was at the north end of the lake. A few moments later, the aircraft quickly banked to the right, lost altitude, struck the ground, and immediately caught fire. The fire consumed almost the entire cabin. The pilot was seriously injured, and the 2 passengers were fatally injured. No emergency locator transmitter signal was received.

  • In-flight breakup of Carson Air Ltd. Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II, C-GSKC, North Vancouver, British Columbia on 13 April 2015

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    On 13 April 2015, Carson Air Ltd. flight 66 (CA66), a Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II (registration C-GSKC, serial number TC-235), departed Vancouver International Airport (CYVR), British Columbia, with 2 pilots on board for an instrument flight rules flight to Prince George, British Columbia. At 0709 Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), approximately 6 minutes after leaving Vancouver, the aircraft disappeared from air traffic control radar while climbing through an altitude of 8700 feet above sea level in instrument meteorological conditions, about 4 nautical miles north of the built-up area of North Vancouver. Deteriorating weather conditions with low cloud and heavy snowfall hampered an air search; however, aircraft wreckage was found on steep, mountainous, snow-covered terrain by ground searchers at approximately 1645 PDT. The aircraft had experienced a catastrophic in-flight breakup. Both pilots were fatally injured, and the aircraft was destroyed. Although the aircraft's 406-megahertz emergency locator transmitter activated, the antenna was damaged and no signal was received by the Cospas Sarsat (international satellite system for search and rescue). The accident occurred during daylight hours.

  • Crossing collision of Canadian National Railway Company track unit CN461-18 at mile 90.61, Joliette Subdivision, Saint-Norbert, Quebec on 18 August 2016

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    On 18 August 2016, at approximately 0330 Eastern Daylight Time, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) track unit CN461-18 was travelling northward at approximately 16 mph (26 km/h) on the CN Joliette Subdivision. At the Highway 347 public grade crossing, at Mile 90.61, near the municipality of Saint Norbert, Quebec, the track unit collided with an eastbound tractor-trailer. Two employees on board the track unit and both occupants of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries. Approximately 600 L of diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid were released from the track unit and the tractor trailer.