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One of the trains involved in the accident, after the two were separated by TTC workers. Photo from the Toronto Star, August 14, 1995.
On August 11, 1995, around 6 p.m., Torontonians were heading home from work, like any other day. But that evening commute would not end normally.
Just after 6 p.m., a subway train—Run 35—travelling southbound from St. Clair West station collided with another train—Run 34—in the tunnel between St. Clair and Dupont. Three riders were killed, dozens were injured, and about 40 people were sent to hospital.
The Russell Hill disaster, so named because the tunnel between the two stations runs under Russell Hill, is Toronto’s worst subway crash.
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Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre), who John Tory named his “subway champion” on City Council, and Liberal MPP Brad Duguid opposed the current route at a local community meeting, as reported by Inside Toronto. De Baeremaeker called the route “a horrible imposition on our community,” because of five years of construction that would include dust, noise, and other difficulties.