Derailment closes Canadian National's Toronto-Montreal route

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MONTREAL — Canadian National hasn’t yet estimated a reopening time for its Toronto-Montreal main line following a derailment yesterday afternoon. The 116-car train M305 (manifest train, Moncton, N.B.-Toronto) derailed near Port Hope, Ont., on CN’s Kingston Subdivision.
 
Residents from around 20 houses in the vicinity were evacuated due to propane and jet fuel leaking from derailed cars. No injuries were reported, and CN is investigating the cause.
 
VIA Rail Canada has begun substituting buses for trains in the Toronto-Montreal-Ottawa corridor, and will continue until the site is cleared. The passenger railroad told a local news outlet it believes traffic could resume late today, but CN hasn’t confirmed that.
 
Canadian Pacific’s adjacent Belleville Subdivision was temporarily closed while utility workers inspected an underground gas pipeline nearby. — John Godfrey
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