Fire er­rupts in TTC tun­nel

Messy road­ways add to snarled Mon­day com­mute

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - KEVIN CONNOR

On a messy Mon­day morn­ing the TTC wasn’t the bet­ter way as pas­sen­gers on Line 2 were evac­u­ated from a train af­ter a fire broke out in the sub­way tun­nel.

The fire hap­pened around 7 a.m. about 15 me­tres from the plat­form of Dun­das West Station.

A wooden cover board con­tacted the third rail, caus­ing a fire, TTC spokesman Stu­art Green said.

“Sit­u­a­tion com­pli­cated when a non-ttc per­son on board a trapped train im­prop­erly opened a door, let­ting smoke in,” Green tweeted.

Video posted to Twit­ter showed sub­way pas­sen­gers evac­u­at­ing through the tun­nel.

“There was smoke in the tun­nel and Toronto Fire had to in­ves­ti­gate,” the TTC’S Hay­ley Walb­man said.

The TTC said there were no in­juries.

Shut­tle buses were called in un­til reg­u­lar ser­vice re­sumed around 9:45 a.m.

A sec­ond fire in­ci­dent on Mon­day morn­ing at Ch­ester Station was caused by garbage. That prob­lem was solved within 20 min­utes.

The road­ways around the GTA weren’t much smoother, with OPP Sgt. Kerry Sch­midt re­port­ing there had been about 500 crashes in 24 hours.

South­ern On­tario was bat­tered Sun­day by a mix of freez­ing rain, ice pel­lets and snow that caused traf­fic chaos and left thou­sands with­out power.

Be­tween 30 and 40 pas­sen­ger ve­hi­cles and big-rig trucks were in­volved in a pileup on High­way 401 in Kingston Sun­day af­ter­noon.

One per­son died at the scene and provin­cial po­lice said 15 to 20 oth­ers were taken to hos­pi­tal, most with non life-threat­en­ing in­juries.

An­other crash killed a 24-year-old woman in the Ni­a­gara re­gion.

SCREEN­GRAB

Pas­sen­gers evac­u­ate a train through the sub­way tun­nel af­ter a fire near Dun­das West station yes­ter­day. In­set, a TTC rider posts a Twit­ter pic of frus­trated peo­ple on the street.

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