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Vehicle stalled in Queens Quay tunnel removed

Last Updated Dec 31, 2017 at 3:11 pm EDT

A vehicle stalled inside the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel to Union station on Dec. 31, 2017. CITYNEWS/Jason MacLellan

A vehicle that became lodged in the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel, early Sunday morning was removed approximately eight hours later.

A vehicle is removed from inside the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel to Union station on New Year's Eve, 2017
A vehicle is removed from inside the Queens Quay streetcar tunnel to Union station after getting lodged in it on Dec. 31, 2017 CITYNEWS/Jason MacLellan

 

At around 4:30 a.m., the TTC notified commuters that the 510 Spadina streetcar would be forced to turn back northbound at Spadina and Queens Quay. Later in the day the 509 Harbourfront streetcar was also turning back westbound at Spadina and Queens Quay.

A vehicle was found stalled far down the tunnel at the Queens Quay Ferry Terminal stop.

Police say the vehicle was a rental car. A police officer responding to the scene said a witness saw the number plates being removed after the van got stuck in the tunnel.

In addition police said that there was likely an attempt to wipe down the van, possibly to remove fingerprints.

It took several hours to safely remove the vehicle and normal streetcar service resumed around 12:40 p.m.

No information regarding the driver or why the van was left stalled in the tunnel is available at this time. However, police say as the tunnel is TTC property, surveillance video is readily available and will be reviewed to identify the driver.

Torontonians weighed in on twitter about how often cars seem to drive down the tunnel and pitched solutions on how to prevent the frequent mistake.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross replied with his own suggestion.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross replied with his own suggestion.