Ottawa police say a woman has died after being struck by a train while walking in the Alta Vista area, south of the downtown core.
A spokesperson for the Ottawa Police Service said emergency crews were called at 2:07 p.m. on Thursday to the train tracks near Pleasant Park Road, just south of the Ottawa Hospital Riverside Campus.
Police officers are on scene investigating and have closed Pleasant Park Road to traffic between Leslie Avenue and Cavendish Road until further notice.
In a statement on Thursday afternoon, a spokesperson for Via Rail confirmed one of its trains carrying 127 passengers was involved in “an incident involving a trespasser on the Beachburg Sub around 2 p.m. today.”
“No passengers or on-train service crew were injured during the incident,” Via Rail’s statement said.
The train in question was travelling between Toronto and Ottawa, and three city buses were recruited to transport passengers from the site to the Ottawa train station, according to the company.
“It is too early to provide any additional information at this point,” the statement said, apologizing for the collision’s impact on customers’ travel plans. “We are focusing our efforts into bringing customers currently en route to their final destinations as quickly and as safely as possible.”
Police only described the woman who was struck and killed as a pedestrian, and they aren’t releasing any further information at this time.
The multi-use train tracks run parallel to the Transitway, east of the Rideau River.