Transportation Safety Board recommends changes to railcar brake procedures in wake of fatal B.C. crash

ERIC ATKINS Globe newspaper

Canada’s rail-safety investigator has urged the government to review the way brakes on grain-hopper cars are inspected and maintained in the wake of a fatal runaway train crash near Field, B.C. The Transportation Safety Board also called for greater use of handbrakes on trains that have made emergency stops.

The TSB issued the advisories as part of its investigation into the crash of Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. Train 301, a 112-car grain train that rolled away after having made an emergency halt on a steep grade, sped out of control down a slope in the Rocky Mountains, jumped the tracks and killed its three-man crew on Feb. 4

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