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CTA Employee Shoved Onto Red Line Tracks at North Side Station, Authorities Say

The employee did not come into contact with the electrified third rail, officials said

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A Chicago Transit Authority employee was injured after being shoved onto the tracks at a Red Line station on the city’s North Side, authorities said.

According to the CTA, the employee was working at the Granville station in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood on Monday night when they were pushed onto the tracks near the platform.

Police said the operator was "about to resume his route southbound on the Red Line when he heard a requesting his assistance." The request involved someone needing help getting a cell phone that fell onto the tracks, police said.

The operator left the train to help and as he turned to look at the tracks for the phone, he was pushed from behind onto the tracks, according to authorities.

The employee, who did not touch the electrified third rail, was treated for their injuries, officials said.

Service was delayed significantly on the Red Line for part of the evening, but has since resumed with residual delays and congestion, officials said.

The CTA is coordinating with Chicago police on the investigation, and no suspects are in custody at this time.

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