Rail transportation safety investigation R18V0127
The TSB has completed this investigation. The report was published on 23 July 2019.
Canadian National Railway Company
Freight train Q10521-21
Mile 71.13, Yale Subdivision
Chilliwack, British Columbia
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On at about 1735 Pacific Daylight Time, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) train Q10521-21, travelling westward through Chilliwack, British Columbia, struck and fatally injured a pedestrian in a motorized wheelchair at the Broadway Street public crossing (Mile 71.13 of the Yale Subdivision). The pedestrian’s wheelchair had become immobilized on the crossing. Two motorists, who had stopped at the crossing, exited their vehicles to assist the pedestrian before the collision. One of them was struck by the train and sustained serious injuries.
May 2018 fatal railway crossing accident in Chilliwack, BC, highlights the persistent risks faced by persons using assistive devices
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Map showing the location of the occurrence
Peter Hickli has been with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) since 2006. He holds the position of Senior Regional Investigator, Rail/Pipeline, in Vancouver, British Columbia.
During his time at the TSB, he has been the investigator-in-charge (IIC) of nine rail accident investigations and served as a team member providing technical expertise on others, including the Lac-Mégantic rail investigation.
Prior to joining the TSB, Mr. Hickli worked for BC Rail/CN for 30 years. During that period, he served a four-year Carman apprenticeship and worked extensively in the Mechanical Department both in a unionized and management capacity.
He was also a member of the Derailment investigation team and the Hazmat team, as a hazardous materials technician and advanced tank car specialist.
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Class of investigation
This is a class 3 investigation. These investigations analyze a small number of safety issues, and may result in recommendations. Class 3 investigations are generally completed within 450 days. For more information, see the Policy on Occurrence Classification.
TSB investigation process
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- Field phase: a team of investigators examines the occurrence site and wreckage, interviews witnesses and collects pertinent information.
- 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.
- 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.
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