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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:53:40 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Via trains moving again after fatal freight 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

Rail traffic west of Trenton, Ont., is moving again after a fatal collision between a CN freight train and a car this morning interrupted Via service between Toronto and Montreal.

The accident site was reopened to rail traffic after 1:30 p.m. ET, almost four hours after the collision forced Via trains to hold in Belleville, Cobourg and Kingston.

Shortly after 10 a.m., a westbound CN freight struck a car at the Tate Road crossing west of Trenton, which 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 service on six of its trains was affected. The delays ranged from 30 minutes to three and a half hours. Passengers from two Via trains were put on buses.

Although the trains are rolling again, traffic is moving slowly near the crash site.

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