Some Torontonians are facing a commuter nightmare after a TTC streetcar derailed at Bathurst and Dundas Street on Thursday afternoon. Toronto police state that crews are currently working on getting the streetcar back on track, but a northbound lane from Queen to Dundas is currently closed to all traffic. Streetcars are currently unavailable northbound on Bathurst.
At around 2 PM on Thursday afternoon, Toronto Police informed the public of a hazard after a streetcar that was travelling northbound on Bathurst derailed from its tracks. Police have not stated what caused the derailment of the streetcar, but state that there were no injuries during the time of the incident.
Crews are now on scene as they work to attempt to get the car back on the track and move it off the street. While crews are working, the streetcar remains where it is, blocking off northbound traffic on Bathurst.
Commuters can expect delays in this area for both vehicles and TTC commuters, as one northbound lane is closed to all vehicles, and there are currently no streetcars travelling northbound down Bathurst. Police have not stated when the streetcar will be cleared from the area.
Shockingly, this isn't the first time that Toronto commuters have had to deal with a derailed streetcar this summer. Less than a month ago, a streetcar travelling down King St. derailed after it hit a car.
The car, which was discovered to be a Lyft vehicle, was badly damaged, and the streetcar derailed and ended up on part of the sidewalk in the University Ave and King St area.
Luckily, no pedestrians were in the area during that incident but all three people who were in the car were taken to the hospital for minor injuries.
While the previous streetcar was derailed by a collision, the cause of this current derailment is currently unknown. Toronto Police have not mentioned any collision, and no cars appear in any of the photos, indicating that the streetcar derailment may not have included another vehicle.
Some Torontonians even have a theory that there may be an issue with these new streetcars as they tend to derail more often than the old ones have. However, this theory has not been confirmed.
*Disclaimer: Cover photo used for illustrative purposes only.