Three crew member fatalities; numerous passengers injured - VIA expresses condolences - VIA operations update for Monday
MONTREAL, Feb. 26, 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 today in Burlington, Ontario.
There were 75 passengers and five crew members on board the train at the
time of the accident. There were numerous injuries to passengers and
three fatalities, all VIA crew members who were in the locomotive at
the time of the accident.
"This was truly a tragic accident. All of us at VIA send our thoughts
and prayers to the family members of our employees who lost their lives
today, and to those passengers who were injured," said Marc Laliberté,
VIA's president and chief executive officer. "We have already begun to
investigate the accident in order to determine the cause or causes, and
will leave no stone unturned. We will be working in concert with local
authorities and CN, the track owner, and we will of course be offering
our full collaboration to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada in
There were one locomotive and five cars on the train, all of which
Three passengers were airlifted to hospital with serious injuries. 42
other passengers and one crew members were taken by ambulance to local
VIA provided alternate transportation to all other passengers to
Toronto, the train's destination.
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 on the Toronto-Niagara Falls and Toronto-London-Windsor
routes are affected due to the tracks being blocked at the scene of the
accident. Where necessary, VIA will either detour trains over
alternate tracks or provide bus transportation. Passengers travelling
in southwestern Ontario tonight or Monday 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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