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Updated: Fri, 01 Aug 2014 17:49:14 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Via Rail train hits derailed CN train near Gananoque



A Via Rail train hit a CN train derailed near Gananoque, Ont., on Friday, halting train service between Ottawa and Toronto and Toronto and Montreal. CBC

A Via Rail train hit a CN train derailed near Gananoque, Ont., on Friday, halting train service between Ottawa and Toronto and Toronto and Montreal. CBC

A Via Rail train that left Ottawa Friday afternoon was involved in a collision with a derailed CN train east of Gananoque, Ont., stopping train service between Toronto and Montreal just ahead of the long weekend. Service is also cancelled between Ottawa and Toronto.

Via Rail said that of 300 passengers, one reported a minor injury.

The Via passenger train's cars are still upright but the train has been immobilized by the crash. 

Via Rail said in a news release that train service will not resume until Saturday. 

"Passengers en route at the time of the incident and those who were scheduled to travel later today will be transported by motor coaches," the statement said. "Delays are expected through to the end of the day. Via Rail apologizes for any inconveniences caused by this situation, which is beyond its control."

Via Rail said travel credits will be offered to passengers and ticket holders whose travel plans were affected by the crash. Business class tickets holders will also be reimbursed extra fees. All ticket holders are being offered the option of a full refund should they choose not to take the bus.

Train service between Ottawa and Montreal is going ahead as scheduled.

On July 10, a 26-car CN freight train derailed in Brockville, Ont., forcing Via Rail to cancel train service between Toronto and Ottawa for two days. Train service between Toronto and Montreal was cancelled for one-and-a-half days.

Via Rail offered ticket holders transportation to their destination via bus along with a 50 per cent off voucher for their next trip. Business class passengers were also offered a partial refund.

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