Red Line services have been temporarily disrupted, in Chicago, following a train derailment on Oct. 31, 2015. The southbound Red Line train car was carrying 300 people when it derailed just south of Granville. No fatalities have been reported so far, but large numbers may have sustained injuries. The Chicago Fire Department rushed to the scene to assist the injured.
According to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the train service will be suspended in both directions, from Howard and Belmont, as rescue and salvage operations continue. An official from CTA confirmed the derailment resulted in a power outage and this might affect communication in the area.
Passengers have been advised to use alternative bus routes: 36, 147, and 151, during this period. When the derailment was announced, some passengers had still been trapped in the train, waiting for evacuation. CTA officials at the scene, assured reporters, “The situation is under control and we should not be alarmed as all passengers are safe.” However, he was quick to add, the Red Line services will be disrupted for an undisclosed period of time.
By Shepherd Mutsvara
Chicago Sun Times: Red Line Services Suspended on North Side After Derailment
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