Delays On Blue Line After Man Jumps In Front Of Train
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CHICAGO (STMW) – The CTA Blue Line experienced major delays Wednesday afternoon after a man reportedly jumped in front of a train on the Near West Side, killing himself.
The incident happened at the Medical Center stop, which is near John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, about 1:30 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer Daniel O’Brien.
A male, whose age was not immediately known, jumped in front of a train at that location and his death was an apparent suicide, O’Brien said.
Power was initially turned off from Pulaski to LaSalle on both the north/east-bound and south/west-bound tracks, according to CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski.
Power was restored to the south/west-bound tracks by about 2 p.m. but service was not fully restored in both directions until about 3:30 p.m., according to a CTA customer alert.
As of about 3:30 p.m. though trains were moving and normal service was restored, the CTA was still advising passengers that some Blue Line trains were still operating with delays resulting from the earlier incident.
The CTA implemented shuttle buses to take Blue Line riders between LaSalle and Pulaski until normal service was restored.
According to a CTA customer alert, the Blue Line was experiencing “major delays” on the Congress branch.
A representative from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.
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