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Updated: Wed, 19 Mar 2014 08:25:25 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Blockade stops Via Rail trains on Montreal-Toronto line

Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press

A First Nations railroad blockade in southern Ontario has forced Via Rail to stop all trains on the Montreal-Toronto line Wednesday morning..

The blockade is at Marysville, Ont., between Belleville and Kingston.

Via Rail's media relations manager Jacques C. Gagnon said Marysville is a popular site for railroad blockades.

"We had hints since late last night that there would be a blockade," Gagnon said.

Train service between Montreal and Ottawa is still running. However, service between Toronto and Ottawa has been stalled.

Trains travelling in the Montreal-Toronto corridor have been replaced by chartered buses.

Ontario Provincial Police in Smith Falls, Ont., have confirmed that Wyman Road/Highway 2 in Tyendinaga is also blocked. 

Earlier this month, protesters from the Tyendinaga Mohawk reserve blocked a highway over what they said was a lack of action on investigations into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

There was no confirmation yet from official sources about the reason for the blockade in Marysville or on Wyman Road.

However, Shawn Brant of the Tyendinaga Mohawk posted this photo to his Facebook page last night in which a railroad crossing is seen:

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