Service Restored After Blue Line Train Derails

Friday, Apr 11, 2014  |  Updated 6:14 AM CDT
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A Forest Park-bound  train was leaving the Cicero station when it came off the tracks. A witness says the tire flew off from a semi-truck driving along the Eisenhower Expressway – and landed on the tracks just before the train approached. Rob Elgas reports.
 No one was hurt.
 NBC5’s Rob Elgas reports.

A Forest Park-bound train was leaving the Cicero station when it came off the tracks. A witness says the tire flew off from a semi-truck driving along the Eisenhower Expressway – and landed on the tracks just before the train approached. Rob Elgas reports. No one was hurt. NBC5’s Rob Elgas reports.

Southbound Blue Line trains are operational again following a derailment Thursday evening between the Pulaski and Austin stations.

CTA officials say a train leaving the Cicero station hit an automobile tire on the tracks shortly after 8 p.m.

The impact caused the front wheels on the train to come slightly off track. NBC 5 has learned the tire flew off a tractor-trailer on the adjacent Eisenhower Expressway.

It’s unclear how many passengers were on board, but there were no reports of injuries, Steele said.

Shuttle buses transported passengers between the Pulaski and Oak Park stops while the train was moved back onto the track.

A single track is in use southbound between the Pulaski and Austin stations, but CTA officials said service should to be fully restored by the morning rush hour.

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