Sunday, 26 February 2012

Via train derailment in Ontario kills 3

Viarail Derailment ~ Photo courtesy of CBC News
A Via Rail train derailment on Sunday has claimed the lives of three people in southern Ontario.

Halton Regional Police confirmed that three people are dead and at least two people have been taken to hospital via air ambulance.

The Toronto-bound train was travelling from the Niagara area of
southern Ontario went off the tracks on Sunday afternoon.

A Via Rail spokesperson told CBC News that 75 people were on board the train. 

The derailment occurred at about 3:30 p.m. ET near Plains and King Roads in Burlington.

Ontario Provincial Police have closed the Queen Elizabeth Way in both directions to allow air ambulances to reach the scene.

Burlington is located about an hour west of Toronto

LAKESHORE WEST LINE: 
Due to a VIA train derailment east of Aldershot, GO Train service will originate and terminate at Burlington for an extended period. GO Bus service will operate in each direction between Burlington and Aldershot. GO Trains will originate from Burlington with a five-to-10 minute delay.

News story courtesy of
CBC News