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Streetcar derails commuter plans, August 19

A TTC streetcar operating along the 510 Spadina route jumped off the tracks around 11 a.m. Friday, August 19, rotating almost 180 degrees before coming to a stop in the middle of College Street and Spadina Avenue. The event derailed most streetcar commuters’ traveling plans for about four hours in the middle of the day.

CBC News Toronto reported that, without the rails to guide its wheels, the southbound streetcar twisted around and ended up with its nose pointed northeast. However, the incident did not injure passengers.

Toronto Police Service officers halted traffic at the intersection in all directions. A TTC “rerailing” truck arrived on the scene shortly after the car derailed and the TTC and police reopened the intersection to all traffic about 2:15 p.m.

While the roadway was blocked, the TTC rerouted streetcars operating along the 510 Spadina route to Bathurst Station, north of Dundas Street West. It revised the route of 506 Carlton cars to detour along McCaul Street, Dundas West and Ossington Avenue. The larger number of streetcars along Bathurst Street and Dundas West, however, congested those streets, delaying service along the 505 Dundas and 511 Bathurst routes.

In fact, commuters reported delays throughout the system as traffic avoided College, Spadina, Bathurst and Dundas West. To add to the fun, an earlier collision at Queen Street East and Spadina Avenue also required the TTC to reroute 501 Queen cars and further detour the 510 Spadina cars. One passenger told us a midday trip from King Street West and University Avenue to Gerrard Street East and Pape Avenue — a trip that usually requires only 30 minutes — took more than 90 minutes to complete.