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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 13:15:39 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Via Rail delayed after fatal freight train collision in eastern Ontario



Train/car crash near Trenton, Ont., Aug 6, 2014. Courtesy of Quinte News

Train/car crash near Trenton, Ont., Aug 6, 2014. Courtesy of Quinte News

Afatal railway accident has interrupted Via Rail service between Toronto and Montreal. Via trains are being held at Belleville, Cobourg and Kingston, going east and west, after a CN freight train struck a car. 

A westbound freight train hit a car at the Tate Road crossing west of Trenton, Ont., shortly after 10 a.m. ET. Trenton is about 150 kilometres east of Toronto. 

No one on the train was injured, but the driver of the car was killed. The train was not damaged, according to CN spokesman Jim Feeny.

The driver, a man in his 30s, was driving a red compact car, according to Quinte West fire department Chief John Whalen. 

Via said five trains — 43, 51, 52, 61 and 62 — have been affected because of the incident. 

Trains bound for Toronto from Ottawa are leaving on time but may hit delays en route, according to the Ottawa station manager. 

The Trenton-area tracks are expected to reopen by about 1:30 p.m.

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