CTA Brown, Purple Line Service Disrupted After Trains Collide Near Sedgwick

Sun-Times Media Wire
September 24, 2019 - 9:55 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- CTA Brown and Purple Line service was disrupted Tuesday after two trains collided near the Sedgwick station in Old Town.

A southbound Brown Line train collided with a southbound Purple Line train about 9:14 a.m. north of the Sedgwick Station, 1536 N. Sedgwick St., according to initial reports from Chicago police and a statement from the CTA. No cars were derailed.

In a news conference Tuesday, Chicago Fire Department and CTA officials said they were no longer confirming the trains collided, but that an investigation was ongoing to determine whether they made contact.

Power to the tracks was cut in both directions as CTA and Chicago Fire Department crews responded, the CTA said.

The trains were moved to the station to allow passengers to exit and 14 people were taken to hospitals in good condition, CFD spokesman Larry Merritt said.

A person with diabetes and a pregnant woman were among them, fire officials said.

Brown Line service was temporarily suspended between Fullerton and Merchandise Mart and Purple Line service was suspended between Howard and the Loop, according to the CTA. Trains on both lines were running again with residual delays by 10:24 a.m.

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