- Three deceased crew members identified -
- VIA expresses condolences, says "we will find out what went wrong" -
- VIA operations update for Monday -
MONTREAL, Feb. 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada has issued an
update with respect to VIA Rail Canada train number 92, en route from
Niagara Falls to Toronto that was involved in an accident at
approximately 3:30pm local time yesterday in Burlington, Ontario.
There were 75 passengers and five crew members on board the train at the
time of the accident, in which all six cars of the train derailed.
There were numerous injuries to passengers and three fatalities, all
VIA crew members who were in the locomotive at the time of the
accident. They were Ken Simmonds, 56 years old, and Peter Snarr, 52
years old, both from Toronto, and both with more than 30 years of
service as locomotive engineers with CN and VIA. The third was Patrick
Robinson, 40 years old, of Cornwall, Ontario, a new VIA employee who
was on board as an observer as part of his familiarization program.
"This is a truly heart-rending situation for all of us at VIA. Our
sincerest condolences go out to the family members of our employees who
died in the line of duty yesterday, and our thoughts and prayers to
those passengers who were injured," said Marc Laliberté, VIA's
president and chief executive officer. "Last night, we immediately
began to investigate the accident in order to determine the cause or
causes, and will continue until we find out what went wrong, and have
put in place measures to prevent any such recurrence. We will be
offering our full collaboration to the Transportation Safety Board of
Canada and Transport Canada in their inquiries, and will be working in
concert with local authorities and CN, the track owner."
Three passengers were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries,
including a broken back, a broken leg and a heart attack. 42 other
passengers and one crew members were taken to local hospitals. All but
nine of these had been released by shortly after midnight.
Anyone seeking information about passengers who may have been on this
train may call a special number set up for this purpose, at
VIA trains today will continue to be detoured or replaced by chartered
bus service on the Toronto-Niagara Falls and Toronto-London-Windsor
routes. Passengers travelling in south-western Ontario today can check
on the status of their train at 1-888-VIA-RAIL (888-842-7245) or at viarail.ca.
SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
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