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Police say two dead, three hurt in rail crash

Last Updated Apr 20, 2017 at 4:53 pm PDT

(John Streit, NEWS 1130 Photo)

At least two people suffered serious injuries after train accident on Vancouver Island

WOSS (NEWS 1130) – Runaway rail cars loaded with logs crashed into an unsuspecting work crew in the tiny community of Woss on northern Vancouver Island, killing two people and injuring three others.

A RCMP news release says two people didn’t survive the crash, while the other three have been transported to hospital with undetermined injuries.

Dave Rushton, the community’s regional elected representative, said the cause of the accident is under investigation but early reports indicate a crew was on the tracks when the rail cars loaded with logs slammed into them.

Cpl. Tammy Douglas says they received a report of the derailment around 8:45 a.m. Thursday and numerous first responders attended the scene.

She says it took a significant effort by rescue crews to deal with those who were trapped in the derailment.

Rushton said he was told by people at the accident scene the cars approached without warning.