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Transportation Safety Board reports on 2013 Calgary derailment that closed road

01/14/2015 04:04 EST | Updated 03/16/2015 05:59 EDT
CALGARY - The Transportation Safety Board says a train derailment that forced an evacuation and closed a major Calgary traffic artery at rush hour was caused by faulty track layout.

Seven cars carrying highly flammable hydrocarbons tipped over September 2013, although none spilled and no injuries were reported.

The safety board says in a report that the derailment occurred when the lip of a train wheel overloaded a switch point on the track in a rail yard.

About 140 houses in southeast Calgary were briefly evacuated.

Canadian Pacific Railway has since redesigned and improved that section of track.

The accident occurred about three months after another derailment on a bridge in downtown Calgary days after heavy flooding.

That derailment caused Mayor Naheed Nenshi (nah-HEHD' NEHN'-shee) to demand answers from the rail carrier.

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