Reports of numerous passenger injuries - Three crew fatalities
MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - VIA Rail Canada train number 92,
en route from Niagara Falls to Toronto, was involved in an accident at
approximately 3:30pm local time today. The incident occurred in the
Aldershot, Ontario area.
There were 75 passengers on board the train at the time of the accident.
There are reports of several injuries to passengers and three
fatalities, all VIA crew members who were in the locomotive at the time
of the accident.
There were one locomotive and five cars on the train, all of which
derailed. Emergency services were on the scene shortly after it
occurred and are attending to those requiring their assistance.
Three passengers were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. 42
other passengers and one crew members were also taken to local
All other passengers have been removed from the train and are either en
route to Toronto or will be shortly.
The cause of the accident is not known at this time. VIA will
collaborate fully with the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, which
Anyone seeking information about passengers who may have been on this
train may call a special number set up for this purpose, at
Other VIA trains will be affected due to the tracks being blocked at the
scene of the accident. Passengers travelling in southwestern Ontario
later today can check on the status of their train at 1-888-VIA-RAIL
(888-842-7245) or at viarail.ca.
Further details will be provided as they are known.
SOURCE VIA RAIL CANADA INC.
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