Metra reports early delays

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Staff report

Metra is reporting delays on a number of lines due to track repairs, mechanical problems and freight train interference.

On the Union Pacific North line, a train scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 6:45 a.m. is running 15-20 minuts behind because of a mechanical problem. Another train on the same line scheduled to leave Kenosha at 5:51 a.m. is also running 10-15 minutes behind. A train scheduled to leave Chicago about 6:30 hasn’t left because of “switch failure.”

On the Metra Electric District, both inbound and outbound trains may be delayed because of an emergency track repair.

The UP-West train scheduled to arrive in Chicago at 6:10 a.m. is running 15-20 minutes behind because of freight train interference.

A delay of about the same duration was reported on the Rock Island District train scheduled to leave Blue Island at 5:20 a.m. Metra reported mechanical problems on that train, too.

The Chicago Transit Authority noted no service issues with its train system.

Illinois State Police reported poor road conditions on area expressways with a number of spinouts and people sliding into ditches or walls.

Overnight, State police responded to 14 accidents that involved only damage to vehicles and another three that resulted in injuries.

Not counted in that total are crashes where no one was hurt and the cars were able to be driven away. Because the area is under a snow emergency plan, drivers are told to file crash reports at a later time.

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