By Jon Hilkevitch
3:14 PM CDT, May 9, 2013
Brown and Red line trains are running again -- but with delays -- after a car derailed on the Red Line near Armitage Avenue this morning, halting trains and sending at least one person to the hospital.
Service was restored around 3 p.m., according to the CTA, which warned of residual delays. The derailment had halted trains between the Belmont and Grand stations on the Red Line and between and Belmont and the Loop on the Brown Line. The Purple Line Express was also stopped but is now running too.
The derailment occurred around 11:20 a.m. on a southbound train near the Armitage station. One car near the rear left the tracks, officials said.
More than 60 people were evacuated while crews worked on the car, according to the CTA and the Chicago Fire Department. Two of them were taken off by rescue chairs and one by an elevated bucket, Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. At least one person was taken to a hospital apparently suffering from anxiety.
Daniel Fields said he was in the last car of the derailed train.
“When the car in front of mine derailed, my car bumped the derailed car,’’ said Fields, who works as a traffic editor at Nokia.
The evacuation of the train was very orderly, he said, adding that many more than 60 people were evacuated.
“Everyone on the southbound eight-car train was moved over to a northbound train that took us to Fullerton,’’ Fields said. “We were told there would be shuttle buses to take us downtown.”
But at Fullerton, more than an hour after the derailment there were no shuttle buses, Fields said. “We were told to walk to Halsted or Clark to get a southbound bus. The CTA really failed for not having any shuttle buses.’’
He arrived downtown by sharing a taxi with someone.
“I really do give high marks to the CTA employees who moved us from the southbound train over to the northbound train,’’ Fields said. “They used boards to make bridges, allowing people to cross over. But no shuttle buses at Fullerton more than an hour after the derailment is a big failure.’’
Power was shut off on both the Red and Brown lines southbound, and on the Red Line northbound, affecting trains between Grand and Belmont on the Red Line and Clark/Lake and Belmont on the Brown Line.
Shuttle buses were set up between the Clark/Lake and Belmont stations on the Brown Line and between Belmont and Cermak/Chinatown on the Red Line.
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