Railway Investigation R17V0096

Derailment

The occurrence

On 20 April 2017, at a Western Forest Products re-load site near Woss B.C., 10 loaded log cars rolled uncontrolled out of the re-load site and down the main track. The uncontrolled cars struck engineering equipment also located on the main track, including 5 engineering employees inside. The resulting derailment included the 10 loaded cars, the engineering equipment and the logs loaded on the rail cars were ejected throughout the derailment site. Three fatalities and two serious injuries were reported. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is investigating in accordance with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Province of British Columbia.

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Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Peter Hickli

Peter Hickli has been with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2006. He holds the position of Senior Regional Investigator Rail/Pipeline in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has been investigator-in-charge of several rail accident investigations, and has provided technical expertise on several other investigations as an investigation team member.

Before joining the TSB, Mr. Hickli worked for BC Rail/CN for 30 years, during which time he served a 4-year carman apprenticeship, and worked extensively in the Mechanical Department in unionized and management positions. A hazardous materials technician and advanced tank car specialist, he was also a member of the Derailment investigation team and the Hazmat team.

Transportation Safety Board investigation process

There are 3 phases to a TSB investigation:

  1. Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
  2. Examination and analysis phase: the TSB reviews pertinent records, tests components of the wreckage in the lab, determines the sequence of events and identifies safety deficiencies. When safety deficiencies are suspected or confirmed, the TSB advises the appropriate authority without waiting until publication of the final report.
  3. Report phase: a confidential draft report is approved by the Board and sent to persons and corporations who are directly concerned by the report. They then have the opportunity to dispute or correct information they believe to be incorrect. The Board considers all representations before approving the final report, which is subsequently released to the public.

For more information, see our Investigation process page.

The TSB is an independent agency that investigates marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation occurrences. Its sole aim is the advancement of transportation safety. It is not the function of the Board to assign fault or determine civil or criminal liability.


Media

Deployment notices

2017-04-22

TSB deploys a team of investigators to train derailment near Woss, British Columbia
Read the deployment notice