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Engine fire forces Via Rail train to stop near Cornwall, Ont.

Via Rail says passengers were safely moved to cars at the back of the train, which was travelling to Toronto from Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press - image credit)
Via Rail says passengers were safely moved to cars at the back of the train, which was travelling to Toronto from Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press - image credit)

A Via Rail train travelling from Montreal to Toronto was forced to stop Wednesday afternoon near Cornwall, Ont., due to an engine fire, the company says.

In an email to CBC News, Via said none of the 195 passengers or crew members were injured in the incident.

"Firefighters were on the scene quickly and put the fire out," Via wrote in an email to CBC, adding that passengers were safely moved to cars at the back of the train.

The company said it has activated a plan to get passengers safely moving again and will ensure all passengers reach their destinations.

A passenger on another Via train told CBC their train had been halted for a couple hours before moving again before 5:30 p.m.

Via has experienced similar, yet lengthier stoppages because of mechanical or weather-related problems in recent years.

"We offer our sincere apologies for any inconvenience to passengers caused by this incident," the company said.