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ION LRT vehicle, SUV collide in downtown Kitchener

An ION LRT vehicle stops at Kitchener City Hall station.
An ION LRT vehicle stops at Kitchener City Hall station. Kevin Nielsen / Global News

An ION LRT vehicle suffered light damage when it collided with an SUV near City Hall in Kitchener on Friday afternoon.

Waterloo Regional Police say they were called to Water Street North and Duke Street West in response to the collision at around 12:35 p.m.

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Police said there were four people in the SUV, two of which suffered minor injuries.

A spokesperson for ION told Global News that the driver was uninjured but was shook up by the incident.

Police say the driver of the SUV is facing several charges in connection to the incident.

The ION spokesperson said the incident will have no effect on the planned June 21st start date and the damaged vehicle will be back in action quickly.

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“The ION light rail vehicle has left the scene for the OMSF (Operations, Maintenance and Storage Facility),” TJ Flynn told Global News via email. “At this point, we anticipate that the light rail vehicle will be able to resume operations tomorrow.

“Training and testing has now resumed following the collision.“

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