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Freight train derailment causes major passenger delays near Kingston, Ont.

KINGSTON, Ont.—A freight train derailment east of Kingston, Ont., has caused hours of delays for rail passengers in the province and led to cancellations of several Via routes out of Toronto.
Trains travelling between Toronto and Montreal or Ottawa have been delayed by at least six hours, Via Rail said.
Two cars at the back of a Canadian National Railway train carrying paper derailed just east of Kingston at 1:20 p.m.
A CN spokesperson, Patrick Waldron, said one of the cars was upright on the tracks while another lay on its side across the tracks. Crews were working to remove the vehicles and repair any track damage.
Some 647 people were on passenger trains at the time of the derailment, and more than a thousand were believed to have been affected by the delays, a Via spokesperson, Marie-Anna Murat, said.
Murat said all trains on the route were cancelled for the evening, adding that passengers can either exchange their tickets or receive a full refund.
Via Rail has provided buses and other forms of alternative transport for most of the passengers stranded at the time of the derailment.
Waldron did not provide an estimate for when the derailed freight cars would be removed.

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