OTTAWA — Manitobans may never know what caused a Via Rail train to derail near Portage la Prairie on New Year’s Eve. If they do, the answer likely won’t come until July.
The train was headed for Winnipeg from Churchill. Sections of the train left the tracks, sending five to hospital in what the company has so far explained as an "unexpected incident."
Train 692 was travelling around 100 kilometres per hour when two locomotives and five cars derailed near Katrime, roughly 120 km west of Winnipeg, causing some diesel to spill. It happened on a track owned by CN Rail.
In a Wednesday posting, the Transportation Safety Board classified the derailment as a Class 4 investigation, which means the agency views the incident as having "some important consequences" but likely will not shed light on how to craft safety protocols.
The board expects to report back, with limited information, by the end of July.
Via Rail refused to specify whether there was employee error or a problem with the tracks.
Updated on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 5:22 PM CST: Adds photo.