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Breaking News: Back on Track at Amtrak and Metra

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The work engine gets connected to the disable train. Photo by B. Iverson

UPDATE: At 12:33 p.m. an Amtrak engine pulled the disabled train off and away from the Clark and 16th St. site of the stall. At 12:45, Metra trains were able to run out north and south on unobstructed tracks. The engine that was originally pulling the Amtrak train was taken away, and a big workhorse looking engine came on the scene.

The disabled train was pulled out of the way at 12:33 p.m.

Here are some photos of the train that was preventing the Rock Island Metra trains from leaving or entering the LaSalle Street station.

Several cars of an Amtrak passenger train derailed on Sunday as they moved east over South Clark Street at West 16th Street. No one was injured, however the train came to a stop blocking the intersection of Metra and Amtrak tracks, halting commuter traffic while crews assessed the situation. Trains on the Rock Island Metra are blocked in the train station.

As of 10 a.m., trains coming north are stopping at the 35th station where passengers can take the Green Line into downtown. The trains go south from 35th St.

Update: As of 11:30 a.m. according to the official Metra twitter account, the inbound Rock Island train is on the move, and is running about an hour behind schedule, while the outbound train to the South Suburbs is still delayed.

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