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CTA service restored after fire

May 11, 2008 9:36:59 AM PDT
CTA rail service in the Loop was back on track after big headaches for riders trying to get through the Loop overnight Saturday.A cable fire near some elevated Loop tracks at Wabash and Van Buren forced the CTA to cancel overnight service downtown.

No injuries were reported. Fire department crews had to assist passengers off stalled trains near the Chicago and Franklin platforms.

Some riders say they were stuck on stalled trains for more than one hour with little information.

"Kinda keeping us up to date but not verily up to date. It was like every 20 minutes up to date, so I was very paranoid up there," said passenger Patrick Ashe.

"We were just, like, waiting on the train for, like, an hour, and we're all desperate and want to go home, it's late," said passenger Maria Zamarripa.

Shuttle buses transported riders until repairs were completed Sunday morning. The Red Line is using elevated tracks due to construction in the subway.

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