New streetcar derails in downtown Toronto after pushing older streetcar: TTC
A new streetcar pushing a stalled streetcar through a downtown Toronto intersection derailed due to rainfall debris, according to the TTC.
“Unfortunately there was some debris in the track that was left from the rainfall overnight, that combined with the push of the newer car caused [the streetcar] to jump the track a little bit,” TTC spokesperson Stuart Green told Global News.
UPDATE: New streetcar was pushing older streetcar that was disabled. When making turn to Bathurst, new streetcar's front wheels derailed.
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) August 16, 2016
The incident happened around 9:20 a.m. Tuesday on King Street West when the streetcar went off the rails as it tried to turn north on Bathurst Street en route to the Wolseley Loop near Queen Street West.
TTC crews spent most of the day working to get the streetcar wheels back on the track and the wheels reattached to the streetcar.
New streetcar off the tracks forcing backup and road closure at King and Bathurst pic.twitter.com/dYz2v9uC7s
— Mark McAllister (@McAllister_Mark) August 16, 2016
Green said there doesn’t appear to be damaged to the road or tracks but crews are still assessing damage to the streetcar.
The streetcar was not in service at the time and there were no passengers on board.
Multiple eastbound streetcars were halted as a result of the incident.
The TTC had to bring in approximately 12 shuttle buses to restore service on the affected portion of King Street West.
— Barry Bernstein (@barrybernstein) August 16, 2016
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