Thursday, February 25, 2010

VIA 15 Derailed

The westbound Ocean derailed near St-Charles-de-Bellechasse, near Quebec City, around 4:30 AM this morning. VIA 6457 and the rest of the train left the tracks and ended up in someone's backyard, upright.

There are conflicting reports about injuries. CBC is reporting 7 injuries out of 120 passengers and 7 crew. VIA is saying four passengers were transported to hospital. The occupant(s) of the house are OK but the house is definitely damaged.

Michel Boudreau reports that he saw the train in Bathurst with VIA 6457, 6400 and the stainless steel set (1 baggage 1 coach, 1 Skyline, 1 diner and 3 sleepers). An AtlanticRails members' daughter was on the train and said the Skyline is on its side or leaning badly.

There are no reports yet on why the train derailed. This is the Google Map for the area.

CBC article, Montreal Gazette

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