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An elevated Green Line train carrying about 40 train buffs and other CTA riders derailed about 11:20 a.m. Sunday near State and14th Street in the South Loop, though no one was injured.
All but one of those aboard the three-car L train were able to walk down on their own via a nearby walkway to the nearest train station.
The Fire Department used a “snorkel bucket” to carry down passenger Harold Krewer of west suburban Addison, who had a cast on his leg and couldn’t walk down himself. It took about 45 minutes before everyone was off the train, said Tony Van Buskirk, deputy district chief for District 1 of the Chicago Fire Department.
“It was pretty cool, but it wasn’t what I figured on when I started this morning,” said Krewer, a former Amtrak conductor and manager and train enthusiast of his experience being rescued from the elevated tracks.
Krewer’s friend, Daniel Boylan, of Brookfield, who accompanied Krewer in the bucket, said the train ride “got bumpy” just before the derailment.
“Many of us take the CTA every day and this never happens,” he said. “Now we have a unique story to tell.”
There were up to 60 people aboard the three cars. One car carried the train buffs while the other two cars carried regular passengers.
The 40 excursion riders paid about $100 each for the morning tour to help raise money to preserve old L trains at the Illinois Railway Museum in downstate Union. They began at 9 a.m. on a Blue Line from Forest Park to downtown, switching to the Pink Line, then the Green Line, stopping along way to look at rail yards and other train highlights.
An EMS Plan 1 calling for ambulances and a still and box alarm were called for the derailment, according to Fire Media Affairs.
No injuries were reported, Fire Media Affairs said.
Krewer said he believed a set of wheels on the last car didn’t track properly and hit a switch. CTA officials have not said what caused the derailment.
Green Line trains have suspended service between the 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station and Adams/Wabash, but the Orange line trains started up again at 2:25 p.m. They are operating on the same track between the Roosevelt and Halsted stations, a CTA spokesman said.
On the scene, passengers were diverted to Red Line trains.
This article first appeared on www.suntimes.com
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