After Amtrak derailment Sunday, Metra schedule back on track
BY JAMES SCALZITTI Staff Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org May 19, 2013 12:28PM
Updated: May 19, 2013 3:37PM
Metra train schedules were back on track Sunday afternoon after a morning derailment of an Amtrak train on the Near South Side .
No one was injured, authorities said. The train was heading to Union Station when, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, the wheels of the locomotive “lost contact with the track,” around 18th Street, between Clark and Canal streets - near a CSX lift bridge, Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said. The train remained upright, she said.
Because of the track obstruction caused by the derailment, Metra’s Rock Island trains were temporarily blocked from entering and exiting the LaSalle Street station for a few hours. A few trains on Metra’s Rock Island line were delayed and trains No. 214 and 209 — scheduled to leave from and arrive at Union Station, respectively, in the morning — were cancelled as a result.
But Metra trains resumed its regular schedule as of 12:45 p.m., authorities said.
Amtrak train No. 58, the City of New Orleans train between New Orleans and Chicago, left New Orleans on Saturday, Leeds said.
There were 197 passengers on board at the time of the derailment, and passengers were transferred to shuttle buses, which brought them to Union Station, she said.
The CTA was honoring Metra passes for commuters between LaSalle Street station and their 35th Street station on the Green Line, Metra said. This allowed Metra commuters to board trains from the Metra 35th/Lou Jones station, about a block from the CTA’s Green Line 35th Street Station.