MACGREGOR, Man. — RCMP say a Via Rail passenger train has derailed west of Winnipeg with a dozen people on board.
They say passengers and crew are being assessed but do not appear to be seriously injured.
The derailment happened about 6:45 a.m. roughly 15 kilometres north of the community of MacGregor.
VIA says in a statement that emergency crews are at the scene and taking care of seven passengers and five crew members.
Train 692 was headed from Churchill, Man. to Winnipeg.
#rcmpmb on scene of VIA passenger train derailment in the area of PR 350 at Road 73N with 12 people on board. Passengers and crew are being assessed but at this time the injuries do not appear to be serious. Derailment occurred at approximately 6:45am. pic.twitter.com/mYfhgH9hoR
— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) December 31, 2019
Photos posted on Twitter by the RCMP show at least one locomotive on its side with about five cars behind it still upright, but some tilted to the side.
“The cause of the incident is under investigation and we are working with authorities to determine exactly what happened,” said VIA spokesman Karl-Philip Marchand Giguere.
He said passengers and their families can get more information through the company’s emergency line at 1-877-747-0707.
The Canadian Press