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2 hurt, 1 critically after being shocked on CTA tracks on their way to Lollapalooza

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OAK PARK, Ill. (CBS) – Two people were hurt after making contact with an energized rail on CTA tracks while on their way to Lollapalooza Saturday evening.

Officials say the Oak Park Fire Department responded to the Ridgeland Green Line station, in the 300 block of South Boulevard around 7:24 p.m., for a report of two people shocked by the third rail of the L Train.

The two and a group of friends were going to Chicago for Lollapalooza.

The victims decided to jump down on the tracks to take pictures, and somehow, the male touched the energized third rail. According to officials, a female, possibly trying to assist the male victim, was also shocked.

It was said that several of their friends also jumped down and were able to remove both victims from the tracks. 

The male was in cardiac arrest, and the female was conscious when the Fire Department arrived. Both were transported to Loyola Medical Center, where the male was last listed in critical condition.

The ages of the victims are unknown.

No fire personnel were injured in assisting. 

The scene was returned to the CTA, and trains resumed operations around 8:30 p.m.

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