TRENTON, Ont. — Passenger service has been disrupted on Via Rail’s busy Ottawa-Toronto and Montreal-Toronto lines today after a deadly crash between a CN freight train and a vehicle in eastern Ontario.
Via Rail spokeswoman Mylene Belanger says the company is trying to find alternate transportation for affected passengers after the crash at the crossing just west of Trenton, Ont.
She says passengers are held up on five trains in Belleville, Cobourg and Kingston.
Ontario Provincial Police say one man is dead after the freight train struck the passenger vehicle.
Jim Feeny of CN Rail says the train, which had two locomotives and 161 cars, was headed to Toronto from Montreal, and no one on the train was reported injured.
Firefighters at the scene had to extricate at least one victim from inside the vehicle, which was crushed into the front of the train’s lead locomotive in the crash at about 10 a.m. this morning.
Police could not immediately say if there were other people in the vehicle or if they were injured.