Freight train derails near Brockville, spewing cargo across tracks and halting busy VIA Rail route
|National Post 10 Jul 2014 at 08:32|
A CN train derailment at about 4:40 a.m. Thursday morning near Brockville, Ont., has caused the busy VIA Rail corridor between Toronto and Montreal to be shut down indefinitely.
The 26-car freight train derailed near Lyn Rd. CN Rail says there are no dangerous goods on board and no injuries have been reported.
VIA passengers are being transported by bus, as all Ottawa-Toronto and Toronto-Montreal Via rail routes are affected. A Via ticket agent confirmed that no new bookings were being accepted for those routes this morning.
Passengers with existing bookings can either take a full refund or use the bus service.
CN police and emergency crews were on the scene and were expected to continue working for at least several more hours.
CN spokeswoman Lindsay Fedchyshyn says of the 26 derailed train cars, two were fully-loaded automobile carriers, five contained carbon powder and 13 were unloaded fuel tanks. The fuel tanks are empty, says Fedchyshyn, but do contain fuel residue.