It was a busy morning for crews on the TTC after an SUV drove into a streetcar tunnel and onto the tracks. At around 2:30 a.m. on January 22, workers had to bring in a Caterpillar loader just to pull the vehicle out. TTC delays lasted a few hours, but are now back on track, according to spokesperson Stuart Green.

The incident happened at the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel near Harbour Square. An elderly man was reportedly driving his SUV when he ended up entering the tunnel, according to CP24

Once he entered the underground passage, the driver ended up travelling 600 meters into Union Station before getting stuck on the tracks. It was a concrete block that obstructed the SUV from moving any further, which resulted in the car having to be pulled out.

"An SUV made it through the bollards, past the lights and gates we installed in Oct. 2018 and all the way to the Union Station streetcar platform and got stuck," TTC spokesperson Stuart Green confirmed in a tweet.

The vehicle was pulled out of the tracks at around 5 a.m., and full service resumed at 6 a.m. just in time for the morning commute. 

According to Green, the concrete block was a walkway to the staff washrooms and obstructed the SUV from getting any further than that point. 

CP24 reports that this is the first time that anyone has managed to get that far onto the tracks with a vehicle.

The driver remained at the scene, according to Global News, and there is no word yet on if he will be facing any consequences. 

The driver was taken to Sunnybrook Hospital "as a precaution", according to CP24

Luckily, nobody was hurt in the incident and workers were able to get everything sorted before the morning rush of commuters. 

Yet, similar situations have happened before. Last year, a TTC bus tried driving through a tunnel at Warden Station and actually got stuck. 

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