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CHICAGO - A five-car train being used by Chicago Transit Authority workers derailed early Monday, disrupting the morning commute for tens of thousands of North Side residents.
No injuries were reported, and service was fully restored by 12:30 p.m. Investigators did not immediately know what caused the train to derail.
The train derailed just before 3 a.m. near the Belmont Avenue station, a transfer point for commuters who use the Red, Brown and Purple lines, CTA spokeswoman Kimberly Myles said.
Buses shuttled people between Red Line and Brown Line stops north and south of Belmont as workers tried to restore service. Commuters on the Purple Line, which extends north through Evanston into Wilmette, had to transfer to Red Line trains well north of Belmont.
On an average weekday, about 160,000 people use the affected train lines, CTA spokeswoman Anne McCarthy said.
Workers on the derailed train had been going from stop to stop refilling "sand boxes" in preparation for winter, McCarthy said. The sand is spread on snow- and ice-covered train platforms.
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