July 11, 2014 1:20 pm
Updated: July 11, 2014 2:11 pm

Track damage forces VIA Rail to resume full service Saturday morning


TORONTO – Via Rail service disruptions will continue all day Friday on the Toronto to Montreal and Toronto to Ottawa routes after a CN freight train derailed near Brockville, Ont., early Thursday and won’t fully resume until Saturday morning.

The company said in a media release that the accident caused damage to the tracks and repairs are needed.

“Passengers scheduled to travel on the affected routes will be transported to their destinations by motorcoach,” Via said. “Delays are expected through to the end of the day.”

Nearly 4,000 passengers were affected by the accident which is still under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Canada.

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A CN official said Thursday the derailed cars included two loaded automobile carriers, five carrying carbon powder, 12 unloaded fuel tank and six empty platforms.

No one was injured during the incident and a CN spokesperson said there didn’t appear to be any leaks coming from the fuel tank cars.

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With a file from The Canadian Press

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