Deadly train accident raises questions about crossing
VIDEO: TSB investigator discusses investigation and crossing concerns
TORONTO – Following a collision of a double-decker passenger bus with a Via rail train, concerns over rail crossings are once again being raised.
OC Transpo bus 76 collided with Via Train 51 on the Ottawa-Toronto corridor on Wednesday morning killing six people.
According to one eyewitness, the barriers had been down just before the train approached.
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The VIA train that was involved in a collision with an OC Transpo bus was a General Electric locomotive P42DC, built between October and December 2001. The locomotive, which weighs 121,928 kg is capable of reaching a top speed of 160 km/h.
According to Via’s website, the operator has 21 P42DC units in the fleet.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has deployed a team of investigators to the site.
In 2012, Via Rail was involved in 34 accidents and incidents across Canada.
Video: David Jeanes of Transport Action Canada, a transportation advocacy group, discusses the crossing where collision occurred
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