Via passengers rerouted after CN freight train derails in eastern Ontario

Alanah Duffy, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:47 PM ET

BROCKVILLE, Ont. — Rail passengers travelling between Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto were being shuttled onto buses Thursday after a CN Rail train hauling fuel residue and new cars derailed in eastern Ontario.

Police and fire officials said 26 train cars went off the track near Lyn, just west of Brockville, Ont., at around 4:45 a.m.

No injuries were reported and there were no reported leaks.

The tracks are on the busy Quebec City-Windsor corridor.

Via Rail said all service between Toronto-Ottawa and Toronto-Montreal would be replaced by alternate transportation until further notice.


Railway workers walk the line at the scene of a 26-car CN train derailment just west of Brockville, Ont., on Thursday morning. (DARCY CHEEK/QMI Agency)

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Spokesman Jacques Gagnon said "a few thousand people" were affected by the derailment.

CN Rail crews were dispatched to assess the damage and cleanup was expected to take a while.

“It could have been a lot worse than it was, that's for sure,” said Elizabethtown-Kitley Township fire chief Jim Donovan.

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also sent a team of investigators to the crash site.


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