British Columbia

SkyTrain car evacuated after filling with unknown smoke

A SkyTrain car in Surrey, B.C., was evacuated Saturday afternoon after it filled with smoke from an unidentified source.

TransLink says passengers did not appear harmed as they left the train's car

Passengers watch as a SkyTrain car filled with smoke clears out. (Aaron Maharaj/Twitter)

A SkyTrain car in Surrey, B.C., was evacuated Saturday afternoon after it filled with smoke from an unidentified source. 

TransLink spokesperson Chris Bryan said the incident happened just before 2 p.m. PT as the train was leaving Gateway Station.

"There was definitely some smoke when the car opened but it cleared quite quickly," Bryan said.  

"Thankfully nobody appeared to be harmed in any way."

The passengers disembarked at the next station, Scott Road. 

Bryan said an attendant went on the train to find the source of the smoke as soon as the passengers were cleared, but didn't find anything. 

The car has since been pulled out of service and technicians are working to determine the source of the problem, he said. 

The incident occurred on a Mark I car, the oldest type of car in the fleet. 

Bryan said no one at the control centre could recall any similar problems occurring in recent years. 

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