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The train damage is shown in this picture. ((Submitted by Sherry Tompkins))

The federal Transportation Safety Board is investigating a train collision in eastern Ontario that killed a man and injured five people on Friday afternoon.

Gerald Belanger, 64, of Brockville, Ont., died when a Via Rail train crashed into his truck at a construction site near Belleville.

Belanger, a contractor hired by the CN rail company, was driving the truck across the tracks at a designated crossing, police said Saturday.

Five others, including one member of the train crew, suffered minor injuries and have since been released from hospital.

The Toronto-bound train's 432 passengers were taken to their destinations on buses.

Train service between Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto was back to normal Saturday, a Via Rail spokeswoman said.

The roads near the collision site were expected to reopen Saturday afternoon.

The Transportation Safety Board is an independent agency that investigates incidents involving marine, pipeline, railway and aviation transportation. It does not determine criminal or civil liability.