West Coast Express passengers stranded for hours on evening commute

TransLink said two West Coast Express trains have been cancelled due to an incident on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge. One train had already left the station, leaving passengers stranded for hours.

Safe disembarking not an option for eastbound evening train, TransLink said

Eastbound trains No. 4 and No. 5 of the West Coast Express were cancelled, TransLink says.

Passengers on the eastbound West Coast Express train No. 4 were stranded between stations for more than four hours hours on Tuesday evening.

TransLink said trains Nos. 4 and 5 of the West Coast Express eastbound to Mission were cancelled due to a police incident west of the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge.

Train No. 4, which had a scheduled departure time of 5:30 p.m. PT, had already left Waterfront Station and stopped at a point where passengers could not safely disembark.

"We are currently working on getting passengers off of train 4, and train 5 has been cancelled," a spokesperson wrote. "Passengers hoping to board train 5 are being asked to take the Millennium Line and transfer to bus for the rest of their trip."

TransLink said a "rescue train" was sent for train No. 4 to take passengers to Mission.

However, that rescue train, which reached the stranded train at around 7:30 p.m. PT was only five cars long and train No. 4 had 10 cars, meaning not all passengers could be taken.

Those left on board were en route to a station at around 9:35 p.m. PT.

TransLink says extra train buses were offered to passengers Tuesday evening.