Rail transportation safety investigation R20V0005

Updated in June 2020: This investigation is in the report phase.

Table of contents

Main track train derailment

Canadian National Railway
Kitwanga, British Columbia

The occurrence

On 7 January 2020, a Canadian National train derailed at Mile 70 of the Bulkley Subdivision while travelling westward at 35 mph. Initial examination revealed 33 cars loaded with wood products derailed in an accordion fashion. No injuries reported and no dangerous goods were involved. The TSB is investigating.


Media materials

Deployment notice

2020-01-07

TSB deploys a team of investigators to a train derailment near Kitwanga, British Columbia

Richmond, British Columbia, 7 January 2020 – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) is deploying a team of investigators to a train derailment involving a Canadian National Railway freight train near Kitwanga, British Columbia. The TSB will gather information and assess the occurrence.


Investigation information

Map showing the location of the occurrence


Enquêteur désigné

Photo de Peter Hickli

Peter Hickli travaille au Bureau de la sécurité des transports du Canada (BST) depuis 2006. Il occupe le poste d’enquêteur principal régional (rail et pipeline) à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique.

Depuis son arrivée au BST, M. Hickli a été l’enquêteur désigné de 13 enquêtes sur des accidents ferroviaires, dont une enquête complexe qui a été menée à la demande du ministère des Transports et de l’Infrastructure de la Colombie-Britannique (R17V0096), et il a fourni une expertise technique dans le cadre de plusieurs autres, y compris l’enquête sur l’accident de Lac-Mégantic (R13D0054).

Avant de se joindre au BST, M. Hickli a travaillé pour les compagnies de chemin de fer BC Rail et Canadien National (CN) pendant 30 ans. Au cours de cette période, il a suivi une formation d’apprenti wagonnier pendant quatre ans, puis il a travaillé de nombreuses années au service de mécanique chez BC Rail et au CN, à la fois comme employé syndiqué et cadre.

Au cours de sa carrière, M. Hickli a fait partie d’équipes d’enquête sur les déraillements et d’équipes d’intervention en matières dangereuses en tant que technicien en matières dangereuses et spécialiste des wagons-citernes de niveau avancé.


Class of investigation

This is a class 4 investigation. These investigations are limited in scope, and while the final reports may contain limited analysis, they do not contain findings or recommendations. Class 4 investigations are generally completed within 220 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.

TSB 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 air, marine, pipeline, and rail 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.

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