INFRASTRUCTURE COLLAPSE: Metra Train Derails In Chicago’s Northwest Side – Expected To Generate "Extensive Delays" For Commuters; No Injuries Were Reported!

Metra engineers work at the scene of a train derailment near 1700 N. Hamlin Ave. (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)


March 10, 2015 – CHICAGO, UNITED STATES
– A Metra train derailed Monday afternoon on Chicago’s Northwest Side, an accident that was expected to generate “extensive delays” for commuters.

No injuries were reported.

In an alert to commuters, Metra announced that North Central Service train #107 near had derailed. Metra told CBS 2 the accident occurred near the 1800 block of North Lawndale, which is on the border of Humboldt Park and Logan Square.

A view from Chopper 2 showed the train engine tilted slightly off the tracks.

“The train was going really slowly and then it stopped, as if it was stopping suddenly, and then after a few minutes the conductor said, ‘We had an accident. We won’t be moving anytime soon,’” a passenger who identified himself as Don Dafkais told WBBM Newsradio.

He said Metra officials were keeping the passengers on the train.

A Metra engine is off the tracks near the 1800 block of North Lawndale Monday. (CBS)

A conductor stands near a derailed Metra engine Monday. (CBS)

“Everyone on the train wants to go home,” Dafkais added. “I just want to go back to Chicago because I was riding the train for fun.”

Passengers were moved into the train’s two back cars, which were pulled by another engine to Metra’s Western Avenue station, where they arrived shortly after 5 p.m. and caught other trains. The derailed engine and two of the train cars remained at the scene.

Metra said “extensive delays” would occur on the Milwaukee District West and North and North Central lines.

WATCH: Passengers Re-Routed After Metra Derailment.

For those who take the Milwaukee District North to Fox Lake, Metra encouraged commuters to find an alternate route. The CTA was honoring Metra passes, officials said.

The accident caused backups at Union Station in downtown Chicago. Some commuters were trying to figure out their own Plan B.

For the latest service alerts, click here. CBS Chicago.

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