Train Derailment Snarls Metra Service

Seven freight cars derailed near Cicero and Grand Avenue, with two of them landing on their side

A Friday morning freight train derailment near Chicago snarled Metra service throughout the day and forced the cancelation of some service.

Seven cars of a 72-car Canadian Pacific train derailed near Cicero and Grand Avenue, with two of them landing on their side. Neither of the tipped cars was carrying hazardous materials. One was empty and the other was filled with paper.

No injuries were reported.

The derailment originally blocked three Metra tracks, affecting North Central service to Antioch and Milwaukee West Line service to Elgin and Big Timber.

One of the blocked tracks was cleared and service continued throughout the day, albeit slowly, and two trains scheduled for the Friday evening commute were canceled to "alleviate congestion in the area," Metra said.

Canadian Pacific brought in cranes to help right the derailed cars and remove them, and committed itself to finding the cause of the incident.

"No matter two cars or whatever, every instance we take seriously," said spokesman Ed Greenberg. "We want to look into not only what the cause was but also what lead to it."

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