Brampton derailment affects GO, Via
Published: March 5, 2008
Source: Canadian Press

CN Rail freight train derailment was expected to cause commuter chaos in the region throughout the morning rush hour.

The westbound train, consisting of almost 150 freight cars, left the tracks on the CN main line just after 2 a.m.

CN regional manager Frank Binder said the derailment would have a major impact on commuter rail service during the morning rush hour.

“Both main line tracks are blocked — they will be affecting both GO Transit and Via Rail for at least the next few hours,” he said.

There were no injuries reported, no evacuations required and police said there was no sign of a hazardous leak.

“The rail cars were either empty or carrying general freight,” said Binder.

“There is one empty car that last contained a dangerous commodity — preliminary indications are that the tank car is intact.”

Due to the derailment, GO Transit cancelled all of its trains on the Georgetown line, except for two trains from Mount Pleasant and another from Bramalea.

Via Rail says its service between Toronto and Sarnia is also impacted and it was making alternate arrangements for passengers travelling to and from Stratford, Kitchener and Guelph.

The derailment occurred even as the Toronto region was expecting a slow morning commute due to a winter storm that dumped several centimetres of freezing rain and snow overnight.

GO Transit said all of its buses north of Toronto were experiencing delays of up to 90 minutes due to the weather.

There were also numerous flight delays and cancellations at Pearson International Airport because of the poor weather.