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Eight-Car Brown Line CTA EL Train Gets Hung Up on Westbound and Northbound Track by Belmont Station

Tue April 19 2011 11:17 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=41191
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An eight-car Brown Line train became stuck about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday while switching tracks just north of the Belmont station, holding up other trains on the Brown, Red and Purple lines, according to CTA and police officials. No injuries were reported. Nine people were on board the train and were safely evacuated.

Shuttle buses picked up hundreds of commuters between CTA stations on the North Side this morning after the incident.

The location, where the train was just leaving Belmont station en route to the Southport station, is on the Brown Line between the Belmont and Southport stops where the Red, Brown and Purple lines meet.


CTA officials, police officials and fire officials were investigating the incident, which is not being called a derailment.

Gaffney said the eight-car train had just left the Belmont station and was headed to the Southport station when the front part of the train switched onto the westbound tracks on the Brown line while the rest of the train’s wheels remained on the northbound tracks.

The first part of the train went on the correct track westbound tracks, but the middle part of the train stayed on the northbound track, and the train became stuck before any derailment occurred.

Shuttle buses for Brown line riders were running between Southport and Fullerton. Red Lline shuttles were running between Addison and Fullerton. Purple line riders were being asked to take shuttle buses from the Howard stop.

Belmont was closed between Sheffield and Clark.

There are reports that CTA announcements about updates over loudspeakers on the platform were too garbled to be understood.

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