Last night, dozens of Via Rail passengers found themselves stranded in the bush outside Ottawa after the engine towing a train from Toronto caught fire. The riders had to wait for help as Via needed time to determine that other trains wouldn’t be coming down the tracks rescuers would use to reach the scene. Most passengers rode out on pickup trucks equipped to roll on the tracks, and made it to Ottawa station at midnight—about four hours late. Their luggage, however, remained behind at the scene, located about 15 km southwest of the city.
VIA passengers stranded in bush
Some angry riders hike along tracks, through mosquito-infested country, to reach Ottawa
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