Via Passenger Train Derailment: Canadian Rail Train Derailed in Burlington (Video and Photo)

By on Feb 27, 2012 in Business, Lifestyle, North America, Travel, World Comments
Via Passenger Train Derailed

Via Derailment
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A Via Rail passenger train derailed in the area of Burlington, Ontario in Canada on Sunday, February 26, 2012. The Via Train derailment left three railroad employees dead and injured dozens of passengers, according to reports by several international news sites.

Michelle Lamarche, spokeswoman of Via Rail, said that the fatalities were engineers at the front cab of the train. Another Via Rail employee riding the locomotive was injured. The total number of fatalities was confirmed by Burlington Mayor Rick Goldring.

Lamarche said that 45 of the total 75 Via Rail passengers were injured in the derailment. The Canadian train is traveling from Niagara Falls to Toronto when the train derailed around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday near the residential area at Aldershot station.

All six cabs of the Via Rail got derailed and crashed into a small trackside building. Below is a Youtube video of the derailed Via Rail Train.

In a statement, Via chief operating officer John Marginson offered condolences to the affected families. Below is Marginson’s statement.

There’s no question it’s very tragic. We’re a relatively small company, we’re a family, we know everyone by name. We certainly feel for the families of the colleagues that we lost.

Investigation is underway and it is headed by the Transportation Safety Board investigators.

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