MONTREAL - A mistake by a CN work crew caused a Via train to barrel onto a side track near Quebec City last year, a federal investigation has found.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said Wednesday that the CN crew had locked a switch in reverse about two-and-a-half hours before the southbound train passed through the interchange.
"The crew did not verify the exact position of the switch after it was last handled," the report stated.
"The locomotive engineer ... tried to stop and, realizing that he would not be able to do so before the turnout, applied the emergency brakes. The train slowed down and passed over the turnout at about 24 mph without overturning."
None of the 56 passengers or crew was injured but the TSB said a misaligned switch could increase the derailment risk.
CN has since instructed all work crews to indicate switch positions, in writing, on their work reports.