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Updated: Sat, 02 Aug 2014 09:24:01 GMT | By The Canadian Press, cbc.ca

Via Rail train service to resume today after crash near Gananoque



Via Rail spokesperson Mylène Bélanger said 16 trains were cancelled after the crash, affecting 4,100 passengers. Train service is expected to resume Saturday. OPP East/Twitter

Via Rail spokesperson Mylène Bélanger said 16 trains were cancelled after the crash, affecting 4,100 passengers. Train service is expected to resume Saturday. OPP East/Twitter

Via Rail train service is scheduled to resume today on the Toronto to Montreal and Toronto to Ottawa routes.

The service was shut down Friday afternoon after a CN freight car crashed into a passenger Via Rail train near Gananoque, Ont., stopping train service between Toronto and Montreal just ahead of the long weekend. Service was also cancelled between Ottawa and Toronto.

Via says the freight train struck the passenger train's locomotive and a few cars, about seven kilometres from Gananoque.

It said the train was travelling from Ottawa to Toronto with about 300 people on board.

One passenger reported a minor injury and buses replaced train service on the two routes for the rest of Friday.

The two CN employees on the train were not injured, according to CN director of public affairs Jim Feeny.

Via said it expected service to resume by around 11 a.m. The rail service said on its Facebook page that major delays are still expected:

- Train 61 (6:45 a.m.) will be joined to Train 63 and leave at 10:10 a.m.

- Train 641 (6:40 a.m.) will be joined to Train 643 and leave at 9 a.m.

- Train 50 (6:40 a.m.) will be joined to Train 52 and leave at 9:25 a.m.

- Train 60 (6:40 a.m.) will be joined to Train 62 and leave at 9:25 a.m.

Passengers requesting refunds for the weekend will have up to one week to claim it.

Via Rail spokesperson Mylène Bélanger said 16 trains were cancelled after Friday's crash, affecting 4,100 passengers.

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.

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