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article imageVIA train derailment near Burlington, Ontario — 3 dead

By Carolyn E. Price     Feb 26, 2012 in World
A passenger train traveling between Niagara Falls and Toronto has derailed and is sitting on its side, near the town of Burlington, ON. Around 60 people have been injured, including three fatalities.
There are multiple reports that a VIA rail passenger train has derailed and there are many injuries of varying degree. The train derailed just after 3:30 pm, Sunday, February 26.
A spokesperson from VIA Rail told the CBC that 75 people were on board at the time of the accident.
Sun News is currently reporting that 3 people have been killed, 60 people have been hurt and many people are still trapped in the wreckage.
The Toronto Star is reporting that the police on scene have to this time not been able to locate VIA rail personnel.
Emergency crews including three air ambulances and over 30 police cars have been dispatched to the scene. The major highway servicing the area, the Queen Elizabeth Way, has been closed in both directions by the Ontario Provincial Police to let the air ambulances get as close to the derailment scene as possible.
The train left the tracks and is sitting in its side; there is no initial indication as to how or why the train derailed.
The passenger train was on the way to Toronto from Niagara Falls. Hospitals in the area have been put on alert.
UPDATE: All passengers have been accounted for and removed from the train, the three dead have been identified as VIA Rail employees, 3 patients were rushed to the trauma center at Hamilton General Hospital, two by air ambulance and one by ground ambulance in critical condition but have since been upgraded to stable condition. A bus carrying those not injured has picked them up and is continuing their journey to Toronto's Union Station.
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