February, 2010: Five passengers and two crew members are injured when a Via Rail train leaves the tracks near Saint-Charles-De-Bellechasse, Que., demolishing part of a nearby house.
January, 2004: One woman is injured – from spilled hot coffee – when a Via Rail train derails near New Hamburg, Ont, while en route to Toronto from London, Ont.
April, 2001: A 15-year-old boy tampers with a rail switch on a line near Stewiacke, N.S., derailing a Via passenger train and injuring 23 people.
April, 1999: Two engineers die when a Toronto-bound Via Rail passenger train jumps the tracks in Thamesville, Ont., colliding with parked freight cars, as it heads toward a second passenger train. A Transportation Safety Board report concludes that human error left a switch in the wrong position, putting the two trains on a collision course, but heroic last-minute action by the two engineers prevented a head-on collision and a much greater tragedy.
September, 1997: One woman dies and 65 passengers are injured after a Via Rail train derails near Biggar, Sask., at 1:50 a.m. Two locomotives and 11 cars land at various angles, slicing through compartments in which almost 200 passengers are sleeping.
Feb. 8, 1986: Twenty-three people die and nearly 100 are injured when a nine-car Via passenger train and a CN freight train collide near Hinton, Alta. The 118-car freight train went through a closed switch. The crews of both trains are killed.
March 23, 1983: Five people are killed when a Via Rail Dayliner slams into four empty cars on a siding near Carstairs, north of Calgary. Officials reported a work crew had left a switch open, diverting the Dayliner onto the siding.
Nov. 21, 1950: Twenty-one soldiers and civilians are killed and 43 injured when a train carrying troops collides with a transcontinental passenger train while rounding a curve east of Canoe River, B.C.
Sept. 1, 1947: Thirty-one people are killed when an eastbound transcontinental passenger train collides with another passenger train at Dugald, Man.
January, 1910: Sixty-three people die in a derailment over the Spanish River in Ontario.
June, 1864: An estimated 100 people are killed when a train carrying immigrants derails near St.-Hilaire, Que., and falls into the Richelieu River. The exact death toll was never determined because authorities could not be sure all the bodies had been recovered.
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