When trains hit the rails: Train collisions on the move

Transport Canada has announced new rules for trains, saying they are to be more closely monitored, especially after a deadly derailment in the province’s northeast in October.

The agency said the rule changes will “provide increased safety and security to train operations.”

The new rules, announced on Wednesday, will require all trains to have collision warning lights, speed restrictions and other safety measures.

They also require that trains have a clear signal system to signal a collision, a speed limit and a speed warning system.

Transport Canada said that trains can only be operated in a speed restricted zone of less than 25 kilometres per hour.

The new standards are expected to be in place in time for the opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Trains that have experienced any of the following accidents or train crashes in the past six months will be subject to additional safety inspections: 1.

Train hit a rail and flipped, causing extensive damage or death.


Train struck a car or truck, causing serious injury or death, or involved a vehicle travelling on a roadway.


Train operator intentionally or recklessly caused injury to a person, or caused the death of a person on the train, by striking, striking or causing the death or serious injury of another person.


Train was travelling more than 65 kilometres per hours in a 25 kilometre zone and the operator caused a serious injury.


Train exceeded the prescribed speed limit.


Train crossed railroad tracks and a track defect caused injury.


Train derailed and was subsequently towed.


Train collided with a stationary structure, or with an object on a railway crossing.


Train broke down or left the track, or struck another vehicle.


Train had to be stopped or diverted in the middle of the track to avoid an obstruction.


Train left the tracks and struck a stationary object or structure.


Train caused a death by accident.


Train has derailed or is travelling in a condition that would cause it to derail.


Train’s operator is on or in a position of authority over the operator of the train.


Train travelled more than 50 kilometres per day without the use of a signal system or signal lamps.


Train suffered a breakdown or was not safely operated, or had the use or care of a dangerous or defective equipment or materials.


Train or vehicle was transporting hazardous materials or materials that were not in accordance with regulations or requirements.


Train operated in an unsafe manner or in violation of railway safety regulations.


Train is carrying passengers or cargo that is dangerous or unsafe for carrying on the rails.


Train, or its operator, has a failure to ensure that the train or vehicle meets its standards or safety requirements, and the failure has resulted in a collision.


Train involved a collision that resulted in injury or damage to any person.