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Via passengers stranded for over eight hours after breaks detected on tracks

HINTON, Alta. - About 130 passengers on board a Via Rail train have been stranded for more than eight hours in Hinton, Alta. after breaks were detected in the tracks.

VIA spokesman Malcolm Andrews says the west-bound passenger train was on the way to Vancouver on Sunday when CN crews detected the breaks.

The train was still in Hinton late Sunday night while repairs to the track were being made, but Andrews says CN expected the job to be completed by about 10:30 p.m. MT.

Andrews says the train has electricity, heat, food and water, and that the passengers have been understanding about the delay.

He says damage to the tracks is not uncommon this time of year when the rails heat up during the day and then cool rapidly when temperatures plunge at night.

Passengers have been waiting further west in Jasper to board the train, and Andrews says VIA has agreed to pay for the cost of their meals.

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