Belmont: Stuck Brown Line Train Brings El Traffic to a Halt

Belmont Stop IconBy Maria Baglien
The Red Line Project

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.

The stuck train between the Southport
and Belmont Brown line stops. (Photo by Maria Baglien)

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.

Police and rescue crews at the Belmont stop after
the Brown Line train got stuck. (Photo by Maria Baglien)

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