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A Via Rail carrying 45 passengers partially derailed in southern Ontario

KITCHENER: A Via Rail halted services for three hours between London and Kitchener after derailment occurred at west of the Hamburg road, at about 7 :15 a.m.

While three passengers were sent to hospital with minor injuries and a young girl received minor burns spilling hot coffee on her.

Jeff Johnson, who had been a passenger on the train, said: ” I was working on my laptop computer when I felt a sudden jerk and the ride got extremely bumpy. I expected it to roll over and go into the ditch”.

the Shakespeare and Wilmot fire departments got to the derailment within about nine minutes.

Paul Langan, a spokesperson for Transport Action Canada said “the derailment clearly shows that the rail lines in Southwestern Ont., need to be repaired and improved. It’s a rude awakening for people when this type of thing happens. The quality of the rail infrastructure is suffering.”

Catherine Kaloutsky, a spokesperson for Via stated “The derailment caused a puncture in a diesel tank. The minor leak was contained. The damaged rails are expected to be repaired by this evening.”

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating, she said.

By adminsaifulrohin

Saifullah Muhammad is a student of journalism at Conestoga College, Ontario, Canada and a Rohingya youth activist. He can be reached at

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