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VIA Rail Canada Passenger Service Resumes After Freight Train Derailment

Impacting Travel | Michael Isenbek | July 19, 2015

VIA Rail Canada Passenger Service Resumes After Freight Train Derailment

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VIA Rail Canada service between Toronto and Ottawa as well as service between Toronto and Montreal in both directions, has resumed Sunday, a day after an afternoon freight train derailment caused travel on those routes to be canceled for the rest of the day, as stated in a Sunday news release by the national rail company.

A release issued by the rail company Saturday, just a short time after the incident, said the CN freight train derailment occurred at 2:15 p.m. in Bowmanville, near the city of Oshawa, about 47 miles east of downtown Toronto. The statement said the derailed train was “blocking rail infrastructure,” and announced the canceled service, but did note trains between Montreal and Ottawa are operating as scheduled.

Sunday’s release said alternate transport was offered to passengers who were en route when the derailment occurred. The statement also said, “Delays are expected throughout the day due to imposed speed restrictions on the site and possible railway congestion. Please accept our sincere apologies for any inconvenience this situation may cause you.”

Canadian National Railway spokesman Jim Feeny said to CBC News there were no injuries from the incident.

CBC News noted that if passengers are delayed for more than an hour on VIA trains, they are eligible for a travel credit.

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