Powerful winds caused chaos on Metro Vancouver transit today, and one woman was sent to hospital with injuries due to a SkyTrain incident.
Vancouver Is Awesome spoke to Chris Bryan, Senior Media Relations Advisor, TransLink, who explained how she sustained her injury.
“A branch fell on the SkyTrain tracks between Nanaimo and 29th Avenue Stations, which forced the train car to come to a sudden stop as it set off the intrusion alarm,” he said.
“As a result of the sudden stop the woman was injured, but we aren’t aware of the exact details of the incident. We do know that she was taken to hospital in an ambulance before SkyTrain attendants could speak to her, though.”
When asked about the severity of her injuries, Bryan was unable to verify that information. With that in mind, he confirmed that she was able to walk herself off the platform and to the ambulance.
Expo Line SkyTrain injury
A Twitter user under the handle @lalloalo tweeted about the incident, and reported that they saw how the “train came into the station smoking and the glass and poles broke,”
In addition, the user notes that “someone was bleeding.”
— ᜆ᜔ᜐᜒᜐ (@lalloalo) December 20, 2018
TransLink was unable to verify if the woman was bleeding or if poles were broken.
Extremely strong winds have also caused power outages across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning for all of Metro Vancouver’s municipalities early Thursday morning, cautioning that “very strong wind gusts that may cause damage are expected or occurring.”