Concern of possible communication tower collapse causes CTrain disruption

Originally published by Global News
Author: Heidi Pearson

The Red Line CTrain is running normally again after being at a standstill at Fish Creek Station for several hours on Wednesday.

The commuter trains were stopped after structural concerns arose when a small fire started in a decommissioned communications tower that was being dismantled.

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) said the fire burned straps holding the top 50-foot section of the tower to a crane, leaving it unsecured and at risk of potentially falling onto the CTrain tracks. The bottom of the tower was still attached at the base.

The CFD was called and a crew was brought in on another crane to secure the portion of the tower.

By 7:40 p.m., Calgary Transit said the trains were once again running normally.

Shuttles were taking commuters between the affected stations, and shuttles were dispatched to retrieve the passengers from affected trains.

View the original article and related videos at