September 18, 2013 1:24 pm
Updated: September 18, 2013 3:31 pm

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.

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According to one eyewitness, the barriers had been down just before the train approached.

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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