Belmont: Stuck Brown Line Train Brings El Traffic to a Halt
Posted: Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Brown, Purple and Red line trains stopped running at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday between the brown line Southport and Belmont stops when a Brown Line train got stuck switching tracks just north of the busy Belmont station on the North Side.
The incident delayed hundreds of commuters at the end of the morning rush hour. CTA buses shuttled commuters away from the scene. Service was restored for Northbound and Southbound trains around 11 a.m. No injuries were reported.
After the train was stuck, the power was shut off and announcements were made over the loudspeakers to people waiting at the Belmont stop. At approximately 9:30 a.m., riders were evacuated from the platform and placed on shuttle buses. Shuttle buses are running from Brown line stops Southport to Fullerton and from the Red Line's Addison to Fullerton.
CTA spokeswoman Wanda Taylor told the Chicago Tribune that there were no injuries. Several fire trucks, police cars and helicopters converged at the Belmont stop.