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Friday, May 09, 2008 - 11:53 AM
By: 680News staff and The Canadian Press
A woman has died aboard a Toronto-bound VIA Rail train carrying more than 260 passengers and it has been quarantined in northern Ontario.
The train was under quarantine as authorities rushed to tend to those with flu-like symptoms and find out what was causing the illness.
Meanwhile, medical personnel in hazardous materials suits were trying to determine if there is an infection or communicable disease at play, or whether the sudden sickness was due to toxic environmental exposure, or even food poisoning, he said.
TORONTO/OTTAWA, May 9 (Reuters) - One person died and about 280 were placed in quarantine aboard a cross-Canada train on Friday after a mystery illness caused violent flu-like symptoms.
Police spokesman Marc Depatie told CTV television that seven passengers who boarded the VIA Rail train in the Rocky Mountain resort of Jasper, Alberta, had fallen ill, and one, a 60-year-old woman, had died. Another passenger had been airlifted to hospital.
A spokeswoman for Via Rail told CP that the train departed Vancouver three days ago
Train resumes journey after death, health scare
Updated Fri. May. 9 2008 9:02 PM ET
CTV.ca News Staff
After a drama-filled day due to a death on board and a health scare, passengers on a Via train that was stopped and quarantined in northeastern Ontario have resumed their journey.