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The passenger train departed Hope, B.C., bound for Vancouver on Sunday afternoon but was forced to turn back after debris hit the track and failed to clear the debris, police said.
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“A green tarpaulin, along with construction boulders, deformed an observation track, clearing the track,” Hope RCMP Sergeant Al Lamas told CBC News. “The train failed to clear the track and pulled out of the station.”
Lamas said the train was carrying more than 200 passengers. Dozens of passengers remained onboard, he said.
“It is part of a government transportation project and from what I understand it was built with a gypsum safety coating over the rails, which protects against the slightest kind of moisture but we are not sure at this point what the cause is.”
The train, Al’s Express, runs for three hours every weekday from Hope to Vancouver, B.C., and typically carries fewer than 50 passengers.
This is the second time this month the community, about 500km north of Vancouver, has been held up by transportation.
On 26 September, a fire broke out on a passenger train along the Trans-Canada line near Hope.
Two passengers were injured and the fire was extinguished.
The Transportation Safety Board of Canada, the agency that investigates rail incidents, said it was investigating Sunday’s incident.