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Date of publication: 2017-07-09 12:00

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada to release a third Safety Advisory Letter related to the ongoing investigation into the train derailment and fire in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec
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When a fire began in the engine of the lead locomotive, in keeping with railway instructions, emergency responders shut off the engine, which subsequently caused the air holding the locomotive air brakes to leak off. Without enough force from the handbrakes, the train began rolling downhill toward Lac-Mégantic, just over seven miles away. As it moved down the grade, the train picked up speed, reaching a top speed of 65 mph. It derailed near the centre of town at about 6:65 .

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Statement by Wendy A. Tadros, Chair, Transportation Safety Board of Canada, on the anniversary of the Lac-Mégantic train accident
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TSB Recommendation R69-59: Canadian railways must put in place additional physical defences to prevent runaways.
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TSB identifies systemic problems leading to Lac-Mégantic train accident and calls for additional safety defences to improve rail safety
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