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Via Train Kills Pedestrian In Kingston, Causes Mass Delays

07/03/2013 11:02 EDT | Updated 09/02/2013 05:12 EDT
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A VIA train travels west after departing Union Station Thursday August 18, 2011. VIA commuters are holding meetings to figure out why federal legislation that allows commuting to be tax deductible is spotty with them. Some are getting the benefit, others who are made to pay are asking why. (Photo by Tara Walton/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
A Via Rail train en route to Toronto struck and killed a pedestrian early this morning near Kingston station, causing mass commuter delays as the family of the victim learned of the tragedy.

The accident occurred around 5:45 a.m. just west of Kingston station at the Collins Bay area in Kingston, Ont. Via Rail confirmed that a locomotive engineer working at the time has been relieved from duty.

Details on the victim have not yet been released, but Via Rail has offered its condolences to the family.

Delays are expected today between Toronto and Ottawa and between Toronto and Montreal while crews continue to investigate the circumstances around the fatality.

About 400 passengers on three other trains are being affected by the delays. More than 100 of those commuters are now being transported to motor coaches, the rail service said.

The Kingston police department posted a tweet around 9:40 a.m. saying the scene has been cleared and the eastbound rail line has reopened. However, the police service added that there may still be delays on the westbound track.

Via Rail has assured customers that late train travel credits can still be obtained, as per company policy on delays lasting a certain number of hours.

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