Railway Investigation R15V0191

Railway crossing accident in Langley, British Columbia

The occurrence

On 11 September 2015, a northbound Canadian National (CN) train struck an ambulance travelling eastbound at the Crush Crescent–Glover Road, located at Mile 18.81 of the Canadian Pacific (CP) Page Subdivision in Langley, British Columbia. The occupants of the ambulance were two paramedics (one driving and one attending the patient) and one patient. The paramedics sustained injuries and the patient later succumbed to injuries sustained during the collision. The members of the train crew were not injured.

Map of the area

Investigator-in-charge

Photo of Peter Hickli

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. He has been investigator-in-charge of several rail accident investigations, and has provided technical expertise on several other investigations as an investigation team member.

Before joining the TSB, Mr. Hickli worked for BC Rail/CN for 30 years, during which time he served a 4-year carman apprenticeship, and worked extensively in the Mechanical Department in unionized and management positions. A hazardous materials technician and advanced tank car specialist, he was also a member of the Derailment investigation team and the Hazmat team.

Photos

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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 marine, pipeline, railway and aviation 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.

Report

Final report
2017-07-13

Railway Investigation Report R15V0191
Grade crossing collision
Canadian National Railway Company
Langley, British Columbia
11 September 2015

Safety communications

Rail safety advisory
2016-03-17

Rail safety advisory letter 06/17: Jurisdictional responsibility for roadway markings at Crush Crescent – Glover Road crossing in Langley, BC
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2017-05-10

Rail safety advisory letter 07/16: Crossing Safety at Crush Crescent / Glover Road in Langley, BC
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Media materials

Media advisories
2017-07-11

TSB to hold a news conference to release its investigation report into a 2015 fatal railway crossing accident in Langley, British Columbia
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News releases
2017-07-13

Complexity of the railway crossing and driver distraction led to 2015 fatal railway crossing accident in Langley, British Columbia
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2016-04-18

Update on TSB investigation into 11 September 2015 fatal railway crossing collision in Langley, British Columbia
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Speeches and presentations
2017-07-12

News conference for the release of Railway Investigation Report R15V0191: Opening remarks
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Deployment notice
2015-09-14

TSB investigating crossing accident in Langley, British Columbia
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