Big delays after passenger train hits freight train in eastern Ontario

Via Rail train 47, carrying more than 300 people, was en route from Ottawa to Toronto when the...

Via Rail train 47, carrying more than 300 people, was en route from Ottawa to Toronto when the accident happened near Gananoque, just east of Kingston. (Photo by Twitter user @samantha2113)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 AM ET

The long weekend got off to a slow start for some travellers in eastern Ontario on Friday after a derailed freight train collided with a passenger train, halting service along two of the busiest corridors in the province.

Via Rail train 47, carrying more than 300 people, was en route from Ottawa to Toronto when the accident happened near Gananoque, just east of Kingston.

In a statement, Via said it has “installed its contingency plan” and passengers aboard train 47 “will be transported to their destinations by motorcoach, depending on availabilities.”

All other trains travelling between Toronto and Ottawa or between Toronto and Montreal were cancelled Friday. Regular service is expected to resume Saturday.

“Travellers holding reservations for today are encouraged to consider other travel arrangements. Tickets for today’s travel will be reimbursed, without charge," Via said.

“Via Rail is making every effort to ensure that their passengers reach their destination as safely and as comfortably as possible. Delays are expected through to the end of the day. VIA Rail apologizes for any inconveniences caused by this situation, which is beyond its control.”

There were no reports of injuries.

 


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