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Exercise Athéna to simulate derailment incident


LÉVIS, Que.–Transport Canada and Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science were to host a guided media tour of Exercise Athéna February 26. The tour was to include a simulated train derailment where participants would be faced with an actual fire using a replicated railcar prop, and a simulated virtual derailment tool developed specifically for this exercise, said a release.

Exercise Athéna aimed to bring together federal experts, first responders, rail operators, and specialized industry responders in order to improve Canada’s response capabilities in the event of an incident involving a train carrying flammable liquids, such as crude oil.