PARRY SOUND, Ont. - A woman was found dead on a Via Rail passenger train early Saturday morning.

The company says the Vancouver-to-Toronto train stopped near Parry Sound, Ont., because four passengers were showing flu-like symptoms.

Emergency crews boarded the train and confirmed that a woman described in a Via Rail news release as elderly had died.

The news release says the other three passengers were taken to hospital for treatment.

Via says the train was about six hours late getting to Toronto.

The train had left Vancouver on Christmas Day night.

Via says a quarantine was placed on the two rooms the passengers were in, it's not believed anyone else was in those compartments.

Health officials say it's not believed that other passengers or the train's crew were exposed to those taken off the train.

There were no details immediately available about the woman who died.

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