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7 Hurt, 30 Passengers Rescued in Derailment on CTA’s Green Line: CFD

A derailment on the Chicago Transit Authority's Green Line Thursday left at least seven people injured and halted trains on Chicago's South Side, prompting major delays for hours. 

The CTA said just after 11 a.m. that trains were standing at 47th Street "due to a derailment." 

As of 4:30 p.m., Green Line trains have begun moving through the area, with residual delays expected. 

According to the Chicago Fire Department, three cars of a southbound train were reported off the tracks, which are elevated. At least five ambulances were called to the scene, according to Chicago Fire Spokesman Larry Langford.

The fire department reported 30 people were removed from the train, seven of which were taken to area hospitals with minor injuries. The CTA said the train's engineer was not injured. 

Firefighters could be seen rescuing several passengers using a snorkel and tower ladder. Many passengers were wearing braces around their necks and were loaded onto stretchers once on the ground.  

Green Line service was temporarily suspended between Ashland/63rd-Cottage Grove and Roosevelt due to the derailment.

The CTA said the cause of the derailment remained under investigation Thursday afternoon. . 

The CTA urged riders to consider alternatives including Red Line trains and the following bus routes:

  • #3 King Drive
  • #4 Cottage Grove
  • #47 47th
  • #63 63rd

Check back for more on this developing story. 

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