An accident occurred in February 26, 2012 in Burlington, claiming the life of Ontario VIA Rail workers. Canada's Transportation Safety Board is now recommending that the trains install controls that are made to automatically stop the vehicles when they do not notice train signals in order to prevent similar fatal accidents in the future. The board is also expressing concern over the medical fitness assessments of workers who are in safety-critical positions.
The accident occurred north of Hamilton after a passenger train derailed. The VIA Rail No. 92 train was traveling from Niagara Falls to Toronto. After it left a station on the way, it was in a crossover area with a speed limit of approximately 24 km/h. The train was going about 107 km/h at the time and derailed. The locomotive and the first coach car slid down a nearby embankment, causing the death of three locomotive engineers. A puncture occurred to the fuel tank, causing about 4,300 litres of diesel to be released. A VIA Rail service manager was injured due to the accident, along with 44 passengers.