Red Line running again after person removed from tracks
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE January 16, 2014 5:02PM
Updated: January 16, 2014 7:40PM
Red Line trains are running again, but experiencing major delays after a person walking on the tracks near the 79th Street station halted rail service during the Thursday afternoon rush.
Emergency crews responded about 3:30 p.m. to a male making suicidal statements near the 79th Street overpass at the expressway, police and fire officials said.
Crews were forced to shut down rail service until they were able to remove him about 6:30 p.m., police said.
He was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County for evaluation, police said.
The Red Line was shut down between the 95th and 63rd street stations to allow crews to respond, forcing passengers to take a bus between stops, officials said. Trains are running again but with major residual delays, according to the CTA’s website.
Two lanes of the Dan Ryan (I-94) in each direction were also shut down during the response, but have reopened as of Thursday evening.