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TSB confirms in final report that cracked wheel caused train derailment, fire


DIEPPE, N.B. – The Transportation Safety Board says a defective wheel is to blame for the derailment of a CN train in New Brunswick last year.

The board released its findings today on the accident near Plaster Rock, N.B.

The investigation has determined that a wheel with an undetected defect broke near the front of the train, causing 19 cars and a locomotive to jump the track on Jan. 7, 2014.

The 122-car train was carrying crude oil and liquefied petroleum gas from Toronto to Moncton.

The resulting fire forced about 150 people in the surrounding area from their homes for the next four days.

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