Ashcroft derailment investigation could take a year

By James Peters
January 25, 2017 - 11:40am

ASHCROFT, B.C. — The Transportation Safety Board says its probe into a train derailment near Ashcroft January 12 could take up to a year to complete.

James Carmichael is the investigator in charge of the incident.

He says any TSB derailment investigation focuses on three areas.

"When we do an investigation, we look into how the train was being handled, we look at all the mechanical aspects of the locomotives and the rail cars themselves, and of course we look into the infrastructure of the track itself," said Carmichael.

Carmichael says there is no information that leads him in any particular direction with respect to what caused the derailment.

The incident resulted in 29 cars leaving the tracks, spilling a huge quantity of metallurgical coal into the Thompson River.

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