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Brown Line train hits car, CTA staffer suffers leg injury

Service 'back to normal' after 50 minute delay

Staff report

10:09 PM CDT, October 18, 2012

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Brown Line trains are operating normally after a train struck a car tonight on the Northwest Side, causing a minor injury, according to the CTA and the Chicago Fire Department.

Brown Line Service was "back to normal" at about 10 p.m., said CTA spokesman Brian Steele. “The total delay time was 50 minutes,’’ he said.

A westbound train approaching the Francisco station hit a passenger car that was northbound on Francisco and crossing the tracks about 9 p.m., said Steele.

The station is located at 4648 N. Francisco Ave.

“The train did make contact with the car and did push it to the side,’’ Steele said.

It was not known if crossing gates were lowered at the time.

“The car did not make contact with the third rail,’’ said Steele.

Chicago Fire Department Chief Joe Roccasalva said the train's operator suffered a leg injury and was taken in good condition to Swedish Covenant Hospital.

Steele did not have any indication there were any injuries.

The train did not derail and sustained “extremely minor’’ damage. “It was essentially just a small dent,’’ Steele said.

The damage did not affect the train’s ability to operate.

The car was moved away as of about 9:40 p.m.

Steele said the ridership at that hour would have been low, but he was not sure how many passengers were aboard.

The train was two stations away from the end of the line and would have been traveling “very slow" at the time, according to Steele. 

A bus shuttle was in place between Western and Kimball stations while train shuttles ran from the Southport to Western during the 50 minute delay, said Steele.

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