MONTREAL, Dec. 29, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - At approximately 5 a.m. this
morning, train 2 which was travelling between Vancouver and Toronto was
delayed several hours near Parry Sound, Ontario, due to a medical
emergency onboard the train. Four passengers were showing signs of
flu-like symptoms. Local emergency services were dispatched and when
they arrived on-site they confirmed an elderly woman had passed away.
The other three passengers were detrained and transported to the
hospital to be treated.
Train 2 departed Vancouver on December 25th, at 20:30 and was scheduled
to arrive in Toronto this morning at 9:30. As of 12:05, train 2 was on
the move from Parry Sound and arrived in Toronto at 15:53 this
afternoon, with a six hour delay.
Train 2 had 200 passengers and 13 crew members onboard.
In 2011, 109,000 passengers traveled on The Canadian.
The decision was made to quarantine the two rooms they were occupying.
This is a standard procedure in events such as these and all VIA Rail
employees implicated in this situation are fully cooperating with local
authorities and are keeping passengers onboard the train informed.
First and foremost, safety and security is VIA Rail's priority for its
passengers and personnel.
For any inquiries regarding the medical situation, please contact the
media the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care media line at
For any questions related to OPP's involvement, please contact West
Parry Sound OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
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