Amtrak Derailment Near Union Station Leads to Delays, Cancellations

By Alexandria Fisher
|  Sunday, May 19, 2013  |  Updated 1:59 PM CDT
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An Amtrak train traveling from New Orleans to Chicago derailed Sunday with at least 197 passengers on board, according to officials.

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An Amtrak train traveling from New Orleans to Chicago derailed Sunday with at least 197 passengers on board, according to officials.

The City of New Orleans train No. 58 was scheduled to arrive in Chicago, but derailed at 9:30 a.m. just outside Chicago’s Union Station on 16th Street, officials said.

Shuttle buses transported passengers to Union Station and no injuries have been reported, authorities said.

Amtrak officials said the wheels of the train "lost contact with the tracks," but no further details were immediately available Sunday morning.

Mertra traffic was stalled during the incident, but has resumed its regular schedule after trains on Metra's Rock Island District line were blocked from entering or exiting the LaSalle Street station.

CTA was honoring Metra passes for commuters between LaSalle Street station and their 35th Street station on the Green Line, Metra said.. Commuters could then board Metra trains from the Metra 3th/Lou Jones station located about a block from the CTA's Green Line 35th Street Station.

Metra trains No. 214 and 209 were cancelled Sunday due the obstruction, according to Metra.

Amtrak train No. 391 was also delayed up to three hours, Amtrak officials said.

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