February 18, 2008 / 8:37 PM / in 10 years

Accident disrupts Canadian passenger rail service

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (Reuters) - A freight train derailment caused havoc on one of Canada’s busiest passenger rail corridors on Monday, but officials said they hoped to have service restored by Tuesday.

VIA Rail was forced to put passengers on buses after a Canadian National Railway Co train jumped the rails near Burlington, Ontario early on Monday, disrupting passenger trains traveling west and south from Toronto.

The national rail passenger service was forced to put people on buses, and reroute other trains. Canadian National crews expect to have the derailment site cleared by Tuesday morning, VIA said.

Reporting Allan Dowd; editing Mohammad Zargham

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