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Down Power Lines Cause Extensive Delays For Metra BNSF Line

October 25, 2018 - 7:22 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Down electrical lines and poles caused all Metra commuter trains on the Burlington Northern line to halt Thursday morning at Cicero Avenue.

Inbound and outbound trains were stopped around 5 a.m. and remained that way for about two hours. Metra advised commuters of long delays and to use Union Pacific West as an alternative.

Reports indicate a freight train struck some low-hanging power lines, causing the disruption in rail traffic.

The incident took place near the Cicero station, located at West 26th Street and South Cicero Avenue.

There's no word on how long the delays will last and Metra is advising people to use alternate means to get downtown.

The delays come a day after the agency decided to condense its timeline for a major tie renovation of the tracks running between Hinsdale and Aurora, according to an announcement. The project, which was originally slated to last three weeks, will now take place over three days from Friday evening to Sunday.

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