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Canada’s transport minister took aim at Via Rail on Saturday after some passengers found themselves stranded overnight on stranded trains following the recent winter storm.
Passengers have reported being stuck for 18 hours on Via Rail trains. The Crown corporation says several trains on the Quebec City-Windsor corridor have been grounded or canceled “due to extreme weather conditions.”
A traveler alert published Saturday on Via Rail’s website says up to 24 trains have been cancelled.
“The current situation with @VIA_Rail is unacceptable and we are in contact with them to resolve any issues in a safe and efficient manner,” Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said. said in a statement on Twitter on Saturday. “The unprecedented weather has caused delays to our transportation system and the safety of passengers and crew is our top priority.”
Alghabra’s statement did not say exactly how the federal government is working to address the issue.
The issues involving Via Rail come after a winter storm swept across Canada on Friday and continued on Saturday, bringing with it snow, high winds and extreme cold.
The Via Rail 55 train from Ottawa to Toronto in particular appears to have been affected, stopping near Cobourg, Ontario, due to a fallen tree, which blocked the tracks.
The state-owned company told CP24 that while it could not say when the trains would start running, customers would be compensated.
“However, we deeply apologize for this situation and the impact on our passengers and we continue to work with our teams and the owner of the infrastructure to either move these trains forward as quickly as possible or bring them to their final destination with new equipment. Passengers who travel on these trains will receive a full refund,” the company said.
With files from CP24 Web Editor Joshua Freeman and CTVNews.ca Editor Natasha O’Neill
Via Rail winter storm incident ‘unacceptable’, says transport minister
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