A snagged overhead wire delayed South Shore commuter service during the
afternoon rush hour and into the evening on Monday, the Northern Indiana
Commuter Transportation District said.
NICTD spokesman John Parsons told the Chesterton Tribune today that
the incident occurred around 12 p.m., when westbound Train 116--a double
decker--snagged the wire as it was crossing from one track to the other
between Kline Ave. and the East Chicago station.
“We’re still investigating how that occurred,” Parsons said.
The problem for commuters was that the snag occurred in double-track
territory between the Illinois state line and Gary, so that the usual
two-way traffic in that stretch was reduced to one-way along the
southernmost Track 1. “One train would be waiting while the other cleared
Track 1,” Parsons said.
Westbound Train 20, for instance, was delayed by two hours, as it waited on
eastbound Train 9. Eastbound Train 117 departed Millennium State at 6:16
p.m.--35 to 40 minutes late--as it waited on the arrival of Westbound Train
218. Today’s rush hour was back to normal, Parsons added.