Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 14:25 EDT

Collision between OC Transpo bus and VIA Rail train

September 18, 2013

MONTRÉAL, Sept. 18, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ – At approximately 8:50AM this
morning, an OC Transpo bus collided with VIA Rail train #51 (viarail.ca) at a level crossing located east of Fallowfield Station, near Ottawa.
There were more than 100 passengers on board the VIA Rail train, no
injuries were reported to the VIA Rail passengers. Tragically, there
have been reports of casualties and serious injuries among the
passengers of the OC Transpo bus. The cause of the collision is not
known at this time. VIA will collaborate fully with its partners at OC
Transpo and any authorities involved in the investigation of this
tragic accident.

“On behalf of everyone at VIA Rail, we extend our thoughts and prayers
to all those affected by today’s tragic event. We are deeply saddened
by this collision and we express our sincere appreciation for the
dedication and work of first responders on the scene”, said Marc
Laliberté, President and CEO of VIA Rail.

VIA Rail employees and passengers on board the train will receive
support. Passengers scheduled to travel today between Ottawa and
Toronto will be transported by bus. Significant delays are expected.
For more information, travellers can visit viarail.ca or call 1 888 VIA RAIL (1 888 842 7245).

About VIA Rail Canada

As Canada’s national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada’s mandate
is to provide safe, efficient and economical passenger transportation
service, in both official languages of our country. VIA operates
intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450 communities
across its 12,500-kilometre route network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada’s Safety Award in 2012 for the 11(th) time in 12 years, and of the 2013 Agent’s Choice Award voted by
Canadian travel agents and presented by Baxter Travel Media, VIA Rail
safely transports nearly four million passengers annually. Since 2007,
the Government of Canada has invested almost a billion dollars in VIA
Rail. Follow the progress of our transformation at viarail.ca/transformingvia.

Follow us on our Evolution Blog at viaevolution.ca, on Twitter @VIA_rail and on Facebook.

SOURCE VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Source: PR Newswire