Drill head crane collapses near Bryn Mawr Red Line platform during rush hour

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CHICAGO — Rush hour on the North Side was more chaotic than usual Wednesday after a drill head crane toppled over near a Red Line platform, causing CTA service to slow down.

At around 3:40 p.m., authorities responded to the 1100 block of West Bryn Mawr. Chicago fire said a drill head crane became inverted near the Bryn Mawr Red Line platform.

Some residents in the area lost power and a building on Winthrop had to be evacuated.

Carolyn Milliman and her boyfriend are staying at a hotel Wednesday night after the incident.

“I heard a crane flip over like right behind our wall,” Milliman said. “It was pretty dramatic, I knew by that sound that something was happening.”

Leif Forre owns a frame shop nearby and said it was business as usual before the drill head crane toppled over.

“I heard a big thud, just a normal working day a normal day here at work and I heard a big thud and then my power went out,” Forre said.

At one point, Red Line and Brown Line trains were halted with shuttle buses available.

Chicago fire said the tracks were not affected.

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