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Driver follows streetcar into Queens Quay tunnel, makes it all the way to Union Station before getting stuck

A driver followed a streetcar into the Queens Quay tunnel early this morning, travelling approximately 600 metres to Union Station before getting stuck.

Just after 2:00 a.m., the compact SUV made it past the gate, flashing lights, and rumble strips that prevent cars from entering the tunnel, according to TTC spokesperson Stuart Green. The vehicle was reportedly “tucked in closely behind the streetcar,” which is how the driver avoided the closing automatic gate.

Then, the driver followed the streetcar through Queens Quay Station and into Union Station, where the vehicle got stuck on an elevated concrete pathway. The pathway is used by streetcar operators in order to reach a bathroom. Luckily, the driver stayed on scene and spoke to the Toronto police, according to Green.

“It’s hard to know where they thought they were going or how they thought that was a roadway,” Green explained, according to CBC. “It’s clearly marked that it’s not a roadway, it’s gated.”

TTC crews were forced to use heavy equipment in order to tow the SUV out of the tunnel, but there was no damage done to the tracks. Service on the 510 Spadina and 509 Harbourfront routes later resumed at approximately 6:00 a.m.

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