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Pedestrian struck and killed by VIA Rail train outside Kingston

VIA Trains are moving again in the Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal corridor, after a tragic death Sunday afternoon.

A train leaving the Kingston station, bound for Ottawa, hit a pedestrian on the tracks -- investigators say a suspected suicide.

Train traffic had been backed up in both directions while investigators examined the scene of the incident. Thousands of travellers were left in limbo as a result and VIA Rail was scrambling to arrange alternate transportation.

Passengers on the train that hit the pedestrian waited nearly 5 hours before the coroner cleared the train for departure.

Trains already en route at the time of the collision were stopped at stations mid-route. One train stopped in Brockville and passengers took taxis to their destinations.

VIA Rail issued a statement saying, "We are very sorry for the inconveniences this situation may have caused our passengers."

The afternoon train from Ottawa to Montreal was cancelled and passengers got to their destination by bus.

With Files from CTV News

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