CN worker hit, killed by VIA train

A CN worker was struck and killed by a VIA Rail train east of Toronto on Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened at 1:10 p.m. about five kilometers east of Guildwood station, which is a combined VIA and GO station. VIA Rail spokesperson Malcolm Andrews said the worker was struck by VIA train No. 51 travelling to Toronto from Montreal and Ottawa.

A CN spokesperson said the worker was an "engineering employee," which is a worker responsible for track maintenance. His name has not been released.

The police investigation into the accident is expected to cause travel delays on Thursday afternoon and into the evening for passengers travelling east of Toronto on both VIA and GO trains.

The incident is being investigated by CN, which owns the tracks, and the Durham Regional Police.

"VIA is co-operating with the coroner and police investigation," said Andrews. "For now, our focus is on taking care of our passengers and making sure that they get to their destinations safely."

GO Train service will operate between Union and Guildwood stations and between Pickering and Oshawa stations with a shuttle bus service between Pickering and Guildwood.

GO is encouraging passengers who plan to use the Lakeshore East line to allow extra time for travel on Thursday afternoon and possibly make alternate travel arrangements.

Passengers can use their GO tickets to travel on the TTC at Union to Yorkdale, York Mills, Finch and Scarborough Town Centre and connect with scheduled GO Bus service from either of these locations to Pickering, Ajax, Whitby or Oshawa.

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