Reports from the Chicago Tribune indicate that an Amtrak train derailed while departing the south side of Union Station this afternoon, Amtrak officials said.
The accident occurred at about 3:20 p.m., involving Amtrak’s California Zephyr, said Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. At least one injury was reported, but it was not of a serious nature, he said.
As of 4:15 p.m., no Amtrak or Metra service was operating out of the south concourse at Union Station, officials said.
The derailment halted inbound and outbound Metra trains along the BNSF Line—which travels between downtown Chicago and Aurora; the Heritage Corridor Line, which travels between downtown and Joliet; and the SouthWest Service, which runs between downtown and far south suburban Manhattan.
A Metra spokesman said up to 30,000 commuters on those three lines could be affected.
“We’ve got one track open, but that’s not gonna make for a normal rush hour,” said Metra spokesman Michael Gillis, adding that there will be “significant delays if that’s the case.”
Grove Commuter Shuttle Riders
The last pickup of passengers arriving at the Main Street Train Station will be 8:00 p.m.