A westbound CTA Blue Line train became detached from the tracks Friday morning in what was termed a “minor derailment.” As it pulled into the Forest Park station at around 11:15 Friday morning, the train ground to a halt at mid-platform. 

The first car showed signs of scraping against the platform and the last several cars of the train stretched out behind the platform’s end. According to Chicago Transit Authority staff who were at the scene, the train had few passengers — estimated between five to 10 — but the engineer did call for an ambulance at one point.

CTA emergency crews decoupled the first car from the rest of the train and used a hydraulic lift to raise the train car’s wheels back onto the track.

CTA, meanwhile, ran a special shuttle train between the Harlem and Forest Park stops on the north track. 

Jean Lotus loves community journalism. She covers news, features, two school boards, village council, crime, park district and writes obits for Forest Park Review. She also covers the police beat for...