Via Rail train from Winnipeg derails in Saskatchewan

Sixteen passengers and five crew members were on board the train. Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press

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A train that runs between Winnipeg and The Pas derailed early Thursday morning in Saskatchewan, according to Via Rail.

The company said Train 693 derailed approximately 37 kilometres north of Hudson Bay, Sask., at 3:05 a.m. local time.

Sixteen passengers and five crew members were on board the train. Two crew members suffered minor injuries.

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Passengers and crew were taken to Hudson Bay Health Care for assessment and treatment and have since been discharged.

All will be transported to Winnipeg, pending arrangements to get them to their final destinations.

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VIA has offered trauma counselling for those on board the train, and has set up a hotline for families: 1-877-747-0707.

Rail service between Winnipeg and Gillam has been suspended until further notice.

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Transportation Safety Board of Canada spokesman Alexandre Fournier said the train was going about 50 km/h when it reached an area of track that had washed out.

The derailment happened in a remote area with no access road.

Hudson Bay is roughly 325 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon

-with files from Canadian Press

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