Crew members hurt when Via Rail passenger train derails in Saskatchewan
The Canadian Press
Published Thursday, July 5, 2018 8:13AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, July 5, 2018 12:18PM EDT
HUDSON BAY, Sask. -- Via Rail Canada says two locomotives and a baggage car on a train going from Winnipeg to The Pas in northern Manitoba derailed overnight in a remote area of east-central Saskatchewan.
The Crown rail company said Train 693 was carrying 16 passengers and five crew members when the accident happened shortly after 3:00 a.m. Thursday, 37 kilometres north of the town of Hudson Bay.
Marie-Anna Murat, a Via spokeswoman, said the engines and baggage car in the eight-unit train ended up on their side.
"All (five) passenger cars remained upright," she said.
Preliminary information showed two crew members suffered minor injuries. It also indicated no passengers were hurt.
Via said everyone aboard was taken to the Hudson Bay Health Care Facility to be assessed and treated, if needed, and had all been discharged.
Via was offering trauma counselling to passengers and crew, and set up a telephone hotline (1-877-747-0707) for people wanting information on family members who were on the train.
Alexandre Fournier, a spokesman for the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, said the train was going about 50 km/h when it hit a section of track that had washed out.
Murat said Via couldn't confirm a washout.
"I know there was flooding in the area, but the accident is under investigation and as of now we don't know the cause. The area is very remote," she said.
Passenger rail service between Winnipeg and Gillam, Man., has been suspended until further notice.
Fournier said TSB investigators were on their way to the scene.
JUST IN: A Via passenger train derails between The Pas and Winnipeg. Two crew and one passenger have minor injuries, according to Via. Via says 16 passengers and 5 crew were on board. Service in the area has been suspended.— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) July 5, 2018
Latest on Via Rail derailment: Transportation Safety Board says the train was travelling approx. 50 km/h when train reach an area of track that had washed out. The accident happened in a remote area with no access by road.— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) July 5, 2018
JUST IN on Via Rail crash. Via says the train consisted of eight cars, two locomotives and one baggage car. The passengers' cars remained upright. 16 passengers and 5 crew were on board at the time.— Michel Boyer (@BoyerMichel) July 5, 2018