Drivers, buses and pedestrians were gridlocked in downtown London Thursday morning after a train stalled along the tracks, blocking five intersections for over an hour and a half.
The traffic chaos started just after 7 a.m. when a train stopped, blocking crossings from Richmond Street to William Street. A section of the train was disconnected just east of Colborne Street.
CP Rail operates the line and company spokesperson Salem Woodrow told AM980 the stoppage was caused by an unspecified mechanical issue.
When the train began moving again around 8:30 a.m., main and side streets were stalled, delaying LTC buses and leaving pedestrians stranded.
While traffic was free to cross at Adelaide Street, the only other way around was along Talbot Street.
There were reports some pedestrians walked through gaps in the train’s cars to get to their destinations. While Woodrow couldn’t confirm that happened, she said trying to hop through a stopped train is never a safe option and shouldn’t be attempted.
Woodrow also said crews on the ground check to make sure everyone is clear of a stopped train before it resumes movement.
No crashes, or injuries have been reported in relation to the incident.
Photo courtesy of Ryan Bryson.