A collision Monday morning between two light rail vehicles at the Ottawa maintenance and storage facility caused some damage, but will not delay plans to restore partial service on the Confederation Line later this week, according to a memo from the city security director.
Brandon Richards wrote to the city council Monday night to say that two light rail vehicles had collided while one train car was towing another earlier that day.
He did not say why the two trains collided, but said there was “some damage” to the windshield glass, windshield wipers and exterior panels of both vehicles. One of the train’s couplers was also damaged.
No injuries have been linked to the collision.
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Operations came to a halt in the yard when the city called the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB). Investigators from Canada’s transport watchdog completed their assessment without waiting for follow-up, according to the memo.
Richards said the incident “will have no impact” on the plan to restore service on the Confederation Line before the end of the week.
Mayor Jim Watson said Friday that the city was still on track to get trains running in the first two weeks of November, but said a firm date would be announced “a day or two” before service resumes.
The Confederation Line has been closed since Sept. 19 when a train derailed with 12 passengers on board near Tremblay station, damaging the vehicle and surrounding infrastructure.
TSB issued a letter last week stating that poor maintenance protocols and loose train bolts were to blame for the latest derailment.
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