derailment affects GO, Via
Published: March 5th 2008
Source: Canadian Press
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CN Rail freight train derailment was expected to cause commuter chaos in
the region throughout the morning rush hour.
The westbound train, consisting of almost 150 freight cars, left the
tracks on the CN main line just after 2 a.m.
CN regional manager Frank Binder said the derailment would have a major
impact on commuter rail service during the morning rush hour.
“Both main line tracks are blocked — they will be affecting both GO
Transit and Via Rail for at least the next few hours,” he said.
There were no injuries reported, no evacuations required and police said
there was no sign of a hazardous leak.
“The rail cars were either empty or carrying general freight,” said
“There is one empty car that last contained a dangerous commodity —
preliminary indications are that the tank car is intact.”
Due to the derailment, GO Transit cancelled all of its trains on the
Georgetown line, except for two trains from Mount Pleasant and another
Via Rail says its service between Toronto and Sarnia is also impacted
and it was making alternate arrangements for passengers travelling to
and from Stratford, Kitchener and Guelph.
The derailment occurred even as the Toronto region was expecting a slow
morning commute due to a winter storm that dumped several centimetres of
freezing rain and snow overnight.
GO Transit said all of its buses north of Toronto were experiencing
delays of up to 90 minutes due to the weather.
There were also numerous flight delays and cancellations at Pearson
International Airport because of the poor weather.