07/12/2011 04:31 EDT | Updated 09/11/2011 05:12 EDT

Quebec Via Train Crash: Teen Driver Killed


THE CANADIAN PRESS -- ST-TITE, QUEBEC - A teenager was killed Tuesday when a passenger train collided with a car, leaving the vehicle mangled and witnesses in shock.

The accident between the Via train and a car driven by a 17-year-old boy occurred in the central Quebec town of St-Tite around 3 p.m.

He was transported to a hospital in Shawinigan but his identity was not immediately released.

While an investigation has only just begun, a Via spokesman said the flashing lights at the rail crossing appeared to have been working.

The train, carrying 51 passengers, eventually continued its journey south toward Montreal.

Via said there were no injuries on the train.

Local media reported that a second car nearly became involved in the accident; a woman whose car was also on the tracks apparently swerved away from the train and into a ravine.

A local newspaper reported that she was brought to hospital and treated for nervous shock.