Commuters stranded for hours on South Shore train due to icy weather

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. — Extreme weather conditions temporarily suspended South Shore Line service Thursday stranded passengers for several hours.

South Shore officials say the trains were experiencing problems with the overhead wires.  Passengers say the wires were encased in ice.

Authorities even tried pushing the train with a locomotive engine, but that also failed.


Photo by Jason Kerner
Photo by Jason Kerner

Jason Kerner was on South Shore westbound train No. 6 when the train got stuck near the Indiana-Illinois state line. He tells WGN the train stopped to pick up stranded passengers from other trains before it got stuck, too.

Passengers on the stranded train reported it was standing room only on board, with no heat and no working bathrooms.

Metra is honoring tickets for other South Shore riders.

The freezing rain across the Chicago-area caused lots of problems during the Thursday morning commute. Dozens of accidents and spinouts were reported on the roadways while CTA Red and Green Lines were experiencing delays. Chicago’s Airports were also reporting delays and cancellations.


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