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South Shore Service Disrupted By Freight Accident

(STMW) -- A shipping container on a freight train hit a bridge Monday evening on Chicago's Far South Side, halting some commuter train service to northwest Indiana.

The CN train stopped at Kensington Avenue after one of the containers it was carrying struck the rail bridge there, CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said.

The incident is blocking trains for the South Shore Line, which cross over the freight train tracks at that point, Waldron said. As of 8:15 p.m., crews are trying to move a portion of the train off of the South Shore Line tracks so commuter trains can resume.

In the meantime, South Shore Line trains are delayed indefinitely, according to the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District's website.

NICTD officials had previously described the incident as a derailment, but so far CN crews have not found any sign that any train cars derailed, Waldron said. No one was injured in the incident.

Metra's Electric District is not affected, and is honoring South Shore Line tickets, Metra's website said.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2015. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)



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