Elgin derailment not blocking Metra trains

A freight train derailment in Elgin won't disrupt Metra service as much as originally anticipated.

Metra originally said it would be running shuttle buses between Elgin's Chicago Street station and Bartlett station to get around the derailment. But early this morning the commuter agency said it would run complete service on the Milwaukee District/West Line, although there would be some delays.

Delays of about 20 minutes are now anticipated for morning outbound trains 2201 and 2203 and morning inbound trains 2222 and 2226 due to necessary track repairs at the derailment site.

Eight cars on a westbound Canadian Pacific freight train derailed Sunday afternoon.

The derailment disrupted service on Metra's Milwaukee District/West Line, which shares the tracks with Canadian Pacific.

Though the train was carrying "hazardous materials," none of the eight derailed cars that landed in a ditch was carrying the material, according to a statement from Elgin police. Police didn't say what materials were on the train, which was en route from Savannah, Ill.

No injuries were reported in the derailment, which was phoned in just before 2 p.m., police said. Police closed Raymond Street between Bluff City Boulevard and Kenyon Road and Saint Charles Street from Elgin Avenue to Kenyon Road, authorities said.

As Metra officials oversee the cleanup, Canadian Pacific officials were on the scene investigating the cause, police said. The Elgin Fire Department was providing assistance in assessing any possible hazardous materials situation, police said.

wlee@tribune.com

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