By Rosemary R. Sobol and Jeff Danna
7:23 AM CST, November 5, 2012
Red Line trains were making their regular stops again on the North Side this morning after a minor derailment near the Granville station.
An eight-car southbound train derailed between the Granville and Loyola stations around 3 p.m. Sunday, but no injuries were reported, officials said.
As emergency crews made repairs on the tracks, the CTA temporarily suspended service north of Granville and began offering shuttle bus service between Wilson and Howard, CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said. At about 5 p.m., northbound service resumed from Granville, as did southbound service from Howard, although southbound trains did not make stops between Howard and Argyle.
Southbound commuters traveling to a station between Howard and Argyle were encouraged to travel to Argyle and then backtrack.
Regular service was restored at about 4:30 a.m. this morning, Lukidis said. Jarvis, Berwyn and Lawrence remain temporarily closed for station restoration.
Lukidis did not know if the derailment was related to an Oct. 1 switching problem in the same area.
Riders on the derailed train were brought to the Granville station. They said the rear cars suddenly jumped and the train came to a halt north of the Granville station, near Rosemont Avenue.
Pearl Madison, 66, was headed downtown from Evanston on the train.
"It was a very nice ride, and then suddenly we saw the train [car] behind us turn up and shake really badly, and then it stopped," he said.
Riders waited about two minutes and got directions from the train operator. At first, Madison said, "I was very scared" but she asked the train operator if they were in any danger and he said no.
Jataune Bosby, 25, was headed from the Howard stop to the Loyola stop, which the train skipped because of construction. After the derailment, passengers waited on the train for about half an hour as the Fire Department and the CTA assessed the situation.
"They did their best to keep people calm," Bosby said.
The train wasn't extremely packed and riders were told to move to the front of the train. "Basically, we knew it derailed, and we had to go to the front car," she said.
CTA personnel told people on the train that they would get emergency transfers to buses, and many walked west to Broadway to take No. 36 buses. Because the first bus that came by was packed, Bosby ended up having to wait for the next one.
Angel Diaz, 38, of Edgewater, rode his bike to the Granville station and was going to go to the Pink Line to go to a friend's hous, when he found out that there was no service.
"I'm going to have to call right now and tell him the train sucks," Diaz said.
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