Thousands of Via Rail passengers delayed after CN derailment in Brockville

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Via Rail says regular service won’t return to busy routes until Saturday

 The Canadian Press

Brockville: Thousands of Via Rail passengers faced hours of delays and bus detours Thursday after the derailment of a CN freight train near Brockville, Ont.

About 3,600 passengers on the Toronto to Montreal and Toronto to Ottawa routes were affected by the derailment, said Via Rail spokeswoman Mylene Belanger. Via Rail said normal passenger service on its Toronto-to-Montreal and Toronto-to-Ottawa routes won’t resume until Saturday.

Lindsay Fedchyshyn, a CN spokeswoman, said no one was injured when the 26-car eastbound freight train derailed near the eastern Ontario city. She said no one was injured when 25 cars on a 68-car eastbound freight train derailed.

The train included two loaded automobile carriers and had five cars carrying carbon powder and 13 unloaded fuel tank cars, she said.

The passengers on the Toronto to Montreal and Toronto to Ottawa routes were transported by charter bus. The Transportation Safety Board of Canada also sent a team of investigators to the site.

It says passengers will be offered travel credits and extra charges paid for business class tickets will be reimbursed to those affected.