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Three Via employees killed in derailment

Feb. 26, 2012, Burlington, Ont. - Emergency crews are working to pull passengers trapped inside a Via train that came off the tracks and flipped on its side west of Toronto near Burlington, Ont., killing three people.

February 26, 2012 
By The Canadian Press

Via spokeswoman Michelle Lamarche said three of the company's employees were killed. They were riding in the locomotive, she said.

Firefighters and paramedics have climbed atop the toppled train cars in an effort to rescue those still snarled in the wreckage.

At least one air ambulance is on standby.

The train came off the tracks at Plains Road and King Road in an industrial area near Aldershot station.


Deanna Villela of Welland, Ont., said she felt a slight bump before the train jumped off the tracks, sending people and luggage flying.

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