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A Via Rail train ran into debris in Nova Scotia and was forced to stop. No injuries were reported.Peter Mccabe/The Canadian Press

Via Rail says a Montreal-bound train was damaged Wednesday when it hit debris, causing a fuel leak and breaking windows.

The passenger service said all 77 passengers and 12 crew aboard Train 15 out of Halifax are safe.

The train hit unspecified debris near Debert, N.S., late Wednesday afternoon.

Spokesperson Marie-Anna Murat said Via was trying to find alternative transportation to take passengers to the closest station, in Truro, N.S., about 20 kilometres away.

She said environmental emergency services were en route to do any necessary cleanup.

She said Via will conduct “a full investigation” to determine the cause.

Murat said Train 15 was cancelled, and passengers were advised to find other means of travel, with full refund or ticket exchange.

“Via Rail acknowledges that this situation has an impact on the travel plans of our customers and we apologize for the inconvenience,” Murat said in a statement.

“As the safety and well-being of our passengers remain our number one priority, we are focusing our efforts into bringing customers currently on-board to their final destinations as quickly and as safely as possible.”

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