Pepper spray triggers rush hour shutdown of 3 Metro lines

A fight between two men inside the Champ-de-Mars Metro station resulted in the partial shutdown of three subway lines at the height of rush hour Wednesday morning after one of the men pepper sprayed the other creating a cloud of gas that overcame several bystanders.

The incident, at around 8:15 a.m, resulted in the closure of the Green line between Lionel-Groulx and Frontenac, the Yellow line between Longueuil and Berri-UQAM and the Orange line between Lionel-Groulx and Beaubien for about 45 minutes to allow the gas to clear.

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Urgences-Santé says ambulance technicians treated 15 people. and no one one was seriously injured.

A Montreal police spokesman says the two men involved in the fight both fled the scene.

Full Metro service resumed at around 9 a.m.