Freight train derails on Chicago’s SW Side; Metra trains affected

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A derailed freight train is causing some problems for Metra trains early Tuesday morning.

The train derailed at about 10pm Monday near Cicero Avenue on Chicago’s Southwest Side.

It was either entering or leaving a nearby freight yard at the time and ended up returning to Union Station.

After the derailment, the train blocked three pairs of train tracks in the area.

Two tracks are now being used, but there’s still congestion on the third line.

Trains heading into the city will be given priority.

Metra’s Burlington North Santa Fe trains #1216, #1217 and #1244 were canceled.  train #1238 will add #1244’s stops.  Metra says other trains on the BNSF line will experience delays up to thirty minutes.

Metra is advising commuters to use the Union Pacific West line as an alternative.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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  • arubatom

    That has always been a problem for commuter rail in general….running on tracks used by freight trains…between this one and the one near Mundelein yesterday, there can be major impacts on commuter service. Additionally, most if not all freight trains have a priority over commuter trains and AMTRAK trains that also run on their tracks. European rails seem to have the right idea the way they operate.

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