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At least 30 people were injured, five seriously, when a Canadian passenger train crashed into two parked freight cars at Miramichi in eastern Canada on Sunday, a spokeswoman said.

Catherine Kaloutsky, spokeswoman for Canada's passenger train service VIA Rail, told Reuters the injured were transported by bus to a nearby hospital for treatment.

VIA Rail said in a statement later that an employee, who was in the train's kitchen at the time of the crash, suffered severe burns. He was in stable condition after being transferred to the burn unit of nearby Moncton Hospital.

There were 127 passengers on the train, including 14 crew members.

The company said the train was traveling between Montreal and Halifax when it hit the freight cars parked at a rail yard.

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