Video: CTA Temporarily Destroyed By Sunday Night's Storm
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Jul 25, 2016 1:03AM
The CTA suspended train service on the Blue, Red and Brown Lines due to extensive debris on the tracks and other damage caused by Sunday night's storm.
Since about 7:00 p.m., the CTA's Twitter, which the transit authority uses to broadcast service disruptions across the system, has chronicled a horror show of delays caused by a thunderstorm that blew through the city Sunday evening, bringing with it flash flood warnings.
Twitter user Erin Piotrowski caught a video of the Blue Line's Illinois Medical District station, where part of the station appears to have collapsed. The Chicago Fire Department told WGN that the collapse was caused by a lightning strike at the overpass at 430 S. Damen Ave.
The CTA evacuated a train near the Illinois Medical District station, and there were no injuries caused by the collapse, according to NBC.
Meanwhile, the CTA is warning evening commuters about train service suspensions on the Red Line and Brown Line, and elsewhere on the Blue Line:
Red Line service has been temporarily suspended between Belmont and Grand due to debris on the track.— cta (@cta) July 24, 2016
Blue Line trains are standing at Illinois Medical District due to an obstruction; crews working to restore service.— cta (@cta) July 25, 2016
Brown Line service has been temporarily suspended between Loop and southport due to debris.— cta (@cta) July 25, 2016
No Red Ln svc Belmont-Grand or Brwn Ln svc Southport-Loop due to tree debris on trks near Armitage. Use alt bus svc. Crews working to clear.— cta (@cta) July 25, 2016
Blue Line service has been temporarily suspended between Pulaski and LaSalle due to an obstruction (Station debris from storm).— cta (@cta) July 25, 2016
No Brown Ln srvc btwn Belmont & Sedgwick due to tree debris on tracks. Bus shuttles being set up thru affected area. Consider alt bus rtes.— cta (@cta) July 25, 2016