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Amtrak derailment leads to Metra delays, cancellations

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

The derailment of an Amtrak City of New Orleans train on the Near South Side Sunday morning led to delays and a couple cancellations for trains on Metra's Rock Island District line.

Amtrak train No. 58, the City of New Orleans train between New Orleans and Chicago, left New Orleans on Saturday, Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said. The train was heading to Union Station when, at 9:30 a.m., the wheels of the locomotive "lost contact with the track," around 18th Street, between Clark and Canal streets, she said. The train remained upright, she said.

The derailment occurred on tracks owned by Canadian National near a CSX lift bridge, Leeds said.

There were 197 passengers on board, and no one was injured as a result, Leeds said. The passengers were transferred to shuttle buses, which brought them to Union Station, she said.

Because of the track obstruction caused by the derailment, Metra's Rock Island trains were blocked from entering and exiting the LaSalle Street station for a few hours. A few trains on Metra's Rock Island line have been delayed and trains No. 214 and 209 will not operate today, because of the track obstruction, according to Metra.

The CTA was honoring Metra passes for commuters between LaSalle Street station and their 35th Street station on the Green Line, Metra said. This allows Metra commuters to board trains from the Lou Jones station. The Metra 35th/Lou Jones station is approximately one block from the CTA Green Line, 35th Street station. By about 12:45 p.m., though, the Amtrak train had been moved and Metra trains were able to move normally through the area again, Metra said.

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