Freight train derailment causing several traffic reroutes
SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIRE December 2, 2011 7:42AM
Emergency crews are on the scene Friday morning of a train derailment on the Southwest Side. Emergency crews responded about 6:40 a.m. to a freight train derailment on the tracks on an overpass near the intersection of West 47th Street and South Archer Avenue. | Courtesy NBC5
Updated: December 2, 2011 10:39AM
Traffic on the Southwest Side is still being rerouted more than three hours after a freight train derailment Friday morning.
No one was injured in the derailment which happened about 6:40 a.m. on the tracks on an overpass near the intersection of West 47th Street and South Archer Avenue, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Joe Roccasalva said.
Police and fire officials said there were no hazardous materials aboard the train, which was carrying office products.
Emergency crews initially shut down South Archer Avenue and West 47th Street as two containers hung off the overpass, Roccasalva said. Cranes were being sent to the scene to upright the containers, he said.
Railroad police are handling the investigation and have brought in representatives from Santa Fe and Burlington Norther, according to police News Affairs Officer Robert Perez. Those officials determined there was no hazardous materials contained in the derailed cars. They also deemed the situation “under control,” Perez said.
Cranes were being sent in from Indian ato help straighten out the freight cars.
And by 9:45 a.m., traffic was still being rerouted due to the derailment, Perez said. The following streets are affected: southbound Archer at Kedzie; westbound 47th street at Kedzie; northbound Archer at Pulaski’ eastbound 47th at Pulaski; 47th street westbound at Archer and 47th Street and Lawndale, Perez said.
CTA No. 62 Archer buses and No. 47 busses were being temporarily rerouted in both directions via 47th Street, Lawndale Avenue, 51st Street and Kedzie Avenue, according to the CTA website.
Metra train No. 918 on the Heritage Corridor was initially operating 15 minutes behind schedule due to speed restrictions after the derailment but was operatnig normally soon after according to the Metra website.