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Railway accident claims life of Sault native near Toronto

Barry Diggins died Nov. 27
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Barry Diggins 1980-2021

An industrial accident has claimed the life of a Sault Ste. Marie native while working in Pickering, Ontario, 40 kilometres east of Toronto.

Barry Diggins, 41, died the evening of Saturday, Nov. 27 when he was pinned under a toppled ballast car at the railway tracks east of Rouge Hill GO Station.

Diggins was a contracted worker for the transit agency Metrolinx.

The Lakeshore East rail line had been closed that weekend for track work and repairs to the Rouge River Bridge.

A GoFundMe page has been established to help Diggins’ wife and two children at this time.

“I am devastated,” stated coworker Christopher Fex, on the GoFundMe page.

Metrolinx stated there will be a full investigation into the fatal incident and that it is cooperating with investigators, according to a story in The Toronto Star.

Diggins' obituary can be viewed here.