Canada's train, truck collision kills 3

08:18, May 05, 2010      

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A train and a truck collided Tuesday morning in Edmonton, capital city of Alberta province in west Canada, killing a man and two children.

The crash occurred at around 8:40 a.m. local time when a Via Rail passenger train and a truck were traveling at a level railway crossing, local media reported.

Police are checking to see if the signals were operating, suggesting poor visibility and slushy road conditions caused by a snowstorm were also a factor.

Witnesses said the truck was crashed to a twisted piece of metal and virtually unrecognizable, but they did not explain how the three persons were killed.

On Feb. 25, a VIA passenger train with about 120 people on board traveling from Halifax to Montreal derailed in Quebec province, leaving seven passengers injured.

Established in 1977, VIA Rail Canada operates the national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada.

VIA operates up to 503 trains weekly on 12,500 kilometers of track, and serves 450 communities across the country, from coast to coast and north to Hudson Bay. VIA carried close to 4.2 million customers in 2007.

VIA's fleet includes 396 passenger cars and 78 active locomotives. In addition to 159 railway stations, VIA operates four modern maintenance facilities, and employs some 3,000 people.



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