Woman, 86, found dead on Via Rail train

(QMI Agency file photo)

(QMI Agency file photo)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:28 PM ET

An elderly woman was found dead on a Via Rail passenger train Saturday morning.

The Vancouver-Toronto train was stopped around 5 a.m. when four people on board started showing signs of flu-like symptoms, Via Rail said in a news release.

Train 2 was travelling eastbound through McDougall Township, approximately 250 km north of Toronto, when an 86-year-old woman was discovered “unconscious and unresponsive,” police said.

Paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene. An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday.

Three other passengers taken to hospital for treatment, Via Rail said.

Carrying 200 passengers and 13 crew, the train left Vancouver on Christmas Day evening and was scheduled to arrive in Toronto at 9:30 Saturday morning.

The senior, whose name has not been released, boarded the train in Edmonton with two relatives, police said.

Via Rail said it quarantined the two rooms occupied by the sick passengers, as is the company's standard procedure.

After about a six-hour delay, the train continued to its destination.


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