CTA Operator Falls On Tracks, Snags Red Line

Service Now Back To Normal

UPDATED 11/30/10 11:23 a.m.

strong>CHICAGO (CBS) – Red Line ‘L’ passengers were delayed Tuesday morning, after a train operator slipped and fell on the tracks.

By 10:39 a.m., service was back to normal.

The accident happened just north of the Granville stop in the Edgewater neighborhood. The operator did not touch the third rail, and was not seriously injured.

The Chicago Fire Department was notified of a person on the tracks at 10:06 a.m., according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Rich Rosado. Fire crews took the person off of the tracks and to Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston in good condition, Rosado said.

After the accident, power was shut down on the Red Line in both directions between the Thorndale and Howard stations, and shuttle buses were taking commuters between the Belmont and Howard stations, CTA spokeswoman Wanda Taylor said. Commuters were also advised to take the No. 22 Clark, No. 36 Broadway or No. 151 Sheridan buses instead.

But service was returned to normal shortly afterward.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

  • Bob Hamilton

    There’s a dedicated employee. He saw that things were moving a little too smoothly so he realized that he must throw himself on the tracks to foul things up for a while.

  • nick

    i am was on this train in the first cart, it was a fun experience that you never get to live! the operator fell off trying to correct a mechanical problem

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