Friday, October 19, 2007

Red Line Accident In Uptown

From CBS 2 : A man who was lying on the CTA's elevated tracks was seriously injured when he was hit by the front end of an inbound Red Line train at an Uptown neighborhood stop early Friday.

The man was on the tracks at the Argyle station, 1118 W. Argyle St., when he was struck about 1:25 a.m., police News Affairs Officer Amina Greer said.

"At 1:20 a.m. the front end of a train made contact with an unauthorized individual who was lying on the southbound track as the train was pulling into the Red Line Argyle station," CTA spokeswoman Kim Myles said.

The person did not make contact with the third rail and "they were conscious and alert at the scene'' before being transported to a hospital, Myles said.

It is not known why the person was on the tracks. The train involved was southbound on its way downtown.

The man was taken in serious condition to Mount Sinai Hospital, Greer said.

Power was shut off for about an hour and a bus shuttle was implemented to transport customers between the Granville and Belmont stations, Myles said.

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