Blockade leaves Via Rail passengers 'stranded' for hours

A VIA Rail passenger train pulls into the Cobourg station. (QMI Agency/JEFF GARD)

A VIA Rail passenger train pulls into the Cobourg station. (QMI Agency/JEFF GARD)

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, Last Updated: 6:07 AM ET

A First Nation's railroad blockade just east of Belleville left about 2,000 Via Rail passengers "stranded" for a little more than two hours.

The blockade, set up at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday, consisted of about 20 people and was peaceful. It was eventually taken down by the protesters, a CN Rail spokesman said.

"It's been an interesting night," Jim Feeny said. "We have CN Police on site and we are currently testing the signals and the track to make sure everything is functioning perfectly with the intention of resuming traffic as soon as possible."

It's believed the protesters were part of the Idle No More movement.

A YouTube video showed passengers on at least one train were taking it all in stride, enjoying a drink and belting out a Journey tune.


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