Human error caused transit derailment in Calgary

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CALGARY, Alberta — Transit leaders in Calgary say that human error is responsible for a light-rail train derailment near Tuscany station in Calgary in September.

On Sept. 20, a light-rail train traveling along Calgary Transit’s northwest line derailed as the trainset accelerated to full speed in the wrong direction, CBC News reports. The incident severely injured the motorman and caused extensive damage to the train consist.

Investigators were able to recover the train’s data recorder and other nearby security footage. Transit officials also spoke with the train’s motorman, who was described as a senior operator with the agency.

According to the article, the train’s operator could not recall any details from the incident.

After conducting an investigation, Calgary Transit director Doug Morgan tells local media there’s no other explanation for the crash other than a mistake by the operator.

“We can’t come up with a reason why it happened — we just see that behavior as what the probable cause of the incident was,” says Morgan.

No one else was injured in September’s incident.
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