Person rescued from Red Line tracks

A victim is taken to an ambulance from the El station at Chicago Avenue and State Street in Chicago. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / February 20, 2013)

CTA Red Line service was diverted to elevated tracks throughout the Loop area tonight because of a man injured on the tracks near the Chicago Avenue subway station.

The man was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

As of 9:07 p.m. the Red Line trains were routed to the elevated tracks from Fullerton on the north to Cermak/Chinatown on the south, according to the CTA website.

The website said the service disruption was caused by a medical emergency but no further details were released by the agency.

At about 9:40 p.m. the man could be seen being brought up off the tracks by paramedics and firefighters, still alive but visibly injured with cuts and bruises.

The man jumped in front of the oncoming train, according to police and witnesses at the scene.

A train operator was also taken to a hospital in good-to-fair condition, according to the Chicago Fire Department.

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