A train from Niagara Falls has derailed. 3 VIA employees in the locomotive have been killed. Dozens of passengers have been injured.
I'm a bit of a self-proclaimed transit expert so I'll share what I know.
The Locomotive's "top" looks "smushed" and "ripped". This indicates to me that it made impact with something, either after it toppled over, or, prior to doing so (and thus would be the cause of the derailment). When the roof is ripped off the vehicle you are in things get ugly and it's understandable that the drivers have died.
Car #1 has tipped on it's side.
This can cause great injury, obviously, and possibly death. Hopefully no passengers have died.
Cars #2 and #3 came off the rails.
The rear of the train has sustained the least damage (which is standard in a derailment where the locomotive has derailed)
I've been on this train before and sometimes/normally it also carries passengers to and from the United States. There may have been people from the US on board. If so, they are always seated at the rear of the train in the last few cars. It does not appear as though there were any on board however.
Edited by TheNewTeddy, 26 February 2012 - 05:34 PM.