Fire errupts in TTC tunnel
Messy roadways add to snarled Monday commute
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.
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.