This is breaking news.

The Orange line of the Montreal metro has been shut down between Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa stations because of an "intervention by emergency services," according to an official statement online and on Twitter.

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Service will not resume until at least 3:25pm, meaning the entire branch of the orange line will be shut down for at least an hour.

Details are few right now, but this post will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Hopefully there are no injuries.

The STM is setting up a shuttle to run along the Orange line route between Berri-UQAM and Henri-Bourassa stations.

This latest service interuption comes as the STM contends with higher than average ridership and a wave of passenger complaints.

UPDATE: The entire Blue line has been shut down.

The STM is setting up a shuttle to run along the Blue line route between Snowdown and Saint-Michel stations.

According to the Montreal Gazette, the emergency situation involved a medical crisis.

The Montreal police confirm that they are investigating "threatening comments" at Jean-Talon station. However, neither the SPVM nor the STM have made an explicit link between the shutdown and the investigation. Though, there certainly appears to be a connection.

Read more here.

The STM now predicts that service on both the Orange and Blue lines will not resume until 4:00pm.

Service is gradually resuming on the Orange line.

But Orange line trains will not stop at Jean-Talon station:

Service is resuming gradually on the Blue line.

Blue line trains will not stop at Jean-Talon station:

Normal metro serviceis resuming on the Orange line, including Jean-Talon station. This, of course, suggests that the threat that triggered the police investigation has abated.

Stay tuned.


 

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