Canadian VIA train derails

Fire officials concerned about a leak of diesel fuel

TORONTO | February 26, 2012

- A Canadian VIA passenger train derailed Sunday afternoon 25 miles west of Toronto, killing at least one person and trapping more than 60 others, police said.

At 3:30 p.m., three of the train's six cars left the tracks and one car and the locomotive overturned, aerial video from CTV News showed.

There were about 70 people and four crew members aboard the train, which was bound for Toronto from Niagara Falls, 680 News reported.

At least three helicopter ambulances were dispatched to the scene and ambulances from Hamilton, Burlington and Toronto were summoned when a Code Orange disaster was declared by Halton Region medical officials, CTV said.

The crash happened near a level crossing in an industrial area, but there was no indication of an accident at the crossing, 680 radio said.

Fire officials were also concerned about a possible leak of diesel fuel from the engine, CP24 TV said.

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