GO Train evacuated after catching fire in Toronto
Major delays are affecting commuters in and around the City of Toronto right now as emergency crews work to remove a fire-damaged locomotive from train tracks near the Distillery District.
GO Transit announced shortly before 10:30 a.m. that a westbound train from Oshawa was holding east of Union Station due to reports of "smoke or steam" coming from an engine.
GO Train on fire near Distillery. Electrical stink in the air. pic.twitter.com/pSJswSTYMD— David M (@FishBelowTheIce) January 7, 2019
Passengers were evacuated from the coach near that engine and moved further down the train, according to Metrolinx. No injuries were reported.
A GO Train was on fire in #Toronto earlier today https://t.co/EgkEmBPyHx - Video by Ali Al Astarabadi pic.twitter.com/BIGUitgflZ— blogTO (@blogTO) January 7, 2019
Police, firefighters and transit safety officers arrived very quickly to the Don Yards, where the train was being held, says Metrolinx Spokesperson Anne Marie Aikins.
Emergency personnel got there very quickly. And are awesome https://t.co/GQP550GV21— Anne Marie Aikins (@femwriter) January 7, 2019
Still, hundreds of people were incredibly late to wherever they were headed, along with anyone on trains behind them who didn't take the TTC up on its offer to temporarily accept GO fare media at Danforth, Kennedy and Scarborough Town Centre Stations.
2.5hours of commute and counting.. but I can see the CN tower! #gotrainfire #lunchtime #timetogohome— Janice Lau-Pearson (@laupearson) January 7, 2019
All trains on all routes east of Toronto were held up until just before noon, according to Metrolinx, and passengers who were inconvenienced are being told to contact the agency.
Morning Jenn. So sorry about this. Please put in for the Service Guarantee at https://t.co/a9gIRd4WZE. ^NF— GO Transit (@GOtransit) January 7, 2019
Fortunately, Toronto Fire is now allowing trains to pass through the area, though GO still asks passengers to "please be patient as service will take some time to return to normal."
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