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Inquest into 2018 train derailment in Northern Manitoba postponed

Originally scheduled to have started in December, the inquest will now commence Jan. 10.
2018 ponton train crash
An inquest into the 2018 Northern Manitoba train derailment that killed a conductor has been postponed for a month and will now begin in January.

An inquest into the September 2018 train derailment near Ponton that killed a conductor and seriously injured the engineer has been adjourned until Jan. 10, the Canadian Press Reported.

Kevin Anderson died more than eight hours after the train crashed without having been removed from the wreckage. 

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada said insufficient track maintenance along the Hudson Bay Railway and heavy rain that washed out a culvert with help from a beaver dam were factors in the crash.

Nine parties, including Anderson’s family, are taking part in the inquest, which is being held in The Pas and is set to last three weeks. It will examine how multiple agencies from Thompson and other communities responded to the incident in a remote area.