Chicago Holiday Train Rolls Past Crime Scene

Steve Miller
December 06, 2018 - 6:40 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The sight was surreal: After a shooting and brief lockdown in the CTA subway Thursday, one of the first trains to resume passing through was the transit agency’s decked-out Holiday Train.

WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller, who covered the breaking story for listeners, captured digital photographs of the bizarre juxtaposition at the Jackson Blue Line station.

In one picture, a Chicago police officer with a semiautomatic rifle stands in front of yellow crime-scene tape; in the background, one of Santa’s festively dressed helpers smiles and waves from one of the Holiday Train's specially lighted cars.  

WBBM Newsradio/Steve Miller

The CTA Holiday Train runs the transit network through the holidays.

Gunfire had erupted around 5 p.m. Thursday. One person was wounded in a pedestrian tunnel linking the Blue Line and Red Line near Jackson Street.  A suspect fled, but police say there are several high-definition cameras in the area. Train service was temporarily halted and then resumed, with delays.