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Man killed after CN freight train hits vehicle at Ontario crossing

Police tape marks a crime scene in this file photo.


Via Rail says service is resuming after a fatal crash between a CN freight train and a vehicle in Eastern Ontario.

The vehicle's driver was killed in the crash that happened at about 10 a.m. just west of Trenton, Ont.

Via Rail spokeswoman Mylène Bélanger said passengers on lines linking Toronto to Ottawa and Montreal are facing delays. She said six trains that use the routes are delayed between 30 minutes and 3 1/2 hours.

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Bélanger added that the trains that left their destinations in the early hours of the morning are affected the most.

She said other passengers should no longer expect significant delays as the tracks where the collision happened are now open.

Jim Feeny of CN Rail said the crossing lights and gates were functioning at the time of the collision.

He said there were no injuries on the freight train or any damage done to the train, which was travelling from Montreal to Toronto and had two locomotives and 161 cars.

Quinte West fire Chief John Whalen said the driver of the passenger vehicle was pronounced dead on the scene.

Ontario Provincial Police said the driver was a 29-year-old man from Quinte West.

They said their investigation is continuing but that foul play is not suspected.

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Whalen added that there were no other people in the vehicle and firefighters were working to extricate the man's body from the car.

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