Barrie GO Line Service Totally Stopped On Wednesday After A Person Was Killed By A Train
The tragedy affected afternoon commutes.
You may want to plan ahead this afternoon if you use the Barrie line for your daily commute. Barrie GO train service is currently partially suspended due to a confirmed fatality earlier today. The line, which runs from Union Station to Barrie GO, will only be stopping up until Maple GO.
UPDATE: At about 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, the Barrie GO Train account tweeted to confirm that while the investigation remains ongoing, a track has reopened to allow some trains to go through. The tweet did, however, warn of expected further delays.
York Regional Police Staff Sgt. Blair Steer told Global News that investigators and the coroner were on scene. The death is not being treated as suspicious.
EARLIER: Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Barrie GO Train Twitter account confirmed there had been a fatality which is affecting service.
According to Simcoe.com, a person was struck by a train at around 3 p.m. just north of the crossing at Kirby Road, south of King City.
York Regional Police are investigating the incident in the area of Keele Street and Kirby Road.
At the time of writing, the exact circumstances of the fatality have not been confirmed. Barrie GO Train's Twitter account tweeted at 4:48 p.m. that the investigation is still ongoing and advised commuters to consider alternative transit arrangements.
Anne Marie Aikins, media relations manager for Metrolinx, told Narcity: "It happened near Kirby Road and as a result, that train is suspended. The whole line is suspended but we've been given permission to operate between Maple, which is the station after King City, where this happened, and Union station."
According to the GO transit website, passengers travelling to York University GO or Downsview Park GO will be able to use their GO fare to connect to TTC.
It was expected that it would take about two hours before the line returned to regular service.
"Sad to report there's been a fatality, GO Transit on the Barrie Line is partially suspended. GO Transit Barrie trains will only travel as far north as Maple GO, making all station stops," says Nitish Bissonauth, media relations for Metrolinx, in a tweet.
"TTC protocol is in effect for those travelling to both York University GO and Downsview Park GO."
Aikins said Metrolinx is working on getting a shuttle between Maple and Union stations.
However, she told Narcity that Metrolinx "can't provide a bus shuttle service because there are 8,000 people estimated on that line and we can't possibly have enough buses for them."
This article will be updated as more information becomes available.
Narcity has reached out to Barrie Police for more information.