There were some frightening moments for TTC riders on a subway train near Dupont Station on Wednesday.
Smoke filled some of the subway cars, leading to an evacuation of the train and the station.
Firefighters were called to the station just before 11:15 a.m. after receiving a report of smoke seen at the front of the train.
Toronto Fire said one of the trains had a smoking engine. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross the smoke-filled train was between Dupont and St. Clair West stations.
Ross said passengers were safely escorted off the train and out of the tunnel using an emergency exit.
Smoke on a train between Dupont and St Clair West Stns. Passengers safely evacuated thru emergency exit. Toronto Fire on scene. More to come
— Brad Ross (@bradTTC) October 19, 2016
He said it appears to have been a mechanical issue.
“We’re looking at a blown traction motor, which possibly could have caused the smoke to rise up into the car itself and fill the car with smoke,” Ross said.
Subway service is suspended on Line 1 (Yonge-University-Spadina) between St. George and St. Clair stations. Shuttle buses are running.