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Car crashes head-on into streetcar on Queens Quay

Last Updated May 23, 2019 at 5:15 pm EDT

A car was involved in a head-on crash with a streetcar on Queens Quay West Thursday afternoon.

Police and paramedics responded to the Rees Street and Queens Quay area around 3:30 p.m.

A video from the scene shows emergency crews attending to the driver in a parkette area closeby before putting him into a waiting ambulance.

 

Crews can also be seen cutting the door of the passenger’s side to remove the person inside.

Paramedics tell CityNews two people in the car, a male and female, were taken to hospital in serious condition.

Service on the 509 and 510 streetcar routes was temporarily suspended, but has since resumed.

After the waterfront revamp was completed in 2015, the area has been plagued with problems as drivers try to navigate between the dedicated streetcar tracks and the narrower street alongside which has a single lane each for east and west bound traffic.

Cars often find themselves on the streetcar tracks when navigating the tight left turn from the foot of lower Spadina, turning east onto Queens Quay.

In September of last year, the streetcar tracks at the intersection were painted bright red in an effort to better guide traffic, but just days after drivers were still spotted entering the area.

Further east of the area, near York Street, rumble strips and barriers had to be installed after drivers repeatedly entered the streetcar tunnel.