Trains were halted at 6:38 a.m. for reports of fire department activity at the Grand station, according to service alerts from the CTA. By 6:47 a.m., trains were being re-routed to the elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown.
Subway service resumed by 7:20 a.m., the CTA said. Trains continued to bypass the Grand station until about 8:30 a.m., but that station was eventually reopened as well.
[Major Delays] Red Line service is resuming its normal routing, via the subway, btwn Fullerton & Cermak-Chinatown after an earlier reroute; trains bypass Grand Station.— cta (@cta) November 10, 2019
[Service Disruption] Red Line subway trains are rerouted to the elevated lines due to fire department activity at Grand; bus shuttle between Fullerton & State/Lake. More: https://t.co/rdhVWTEAf5— cta (@cta) November 10, 2019
[Service Disruption] Red Line subway trains are rerouted to the elevated lines between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown due to fire department activity at Grand. More: https://t.co/rdhVWTEAf5— cta (@cta) November 10, 2019
A Chicago Fire Department spokesman said crews conducted a hazmat response at the station for reports of a suspicious substance.
Crews found a film on the tracks that turned out to be Ansul powder, a dry fire suppressant chemical, the fire department said.
(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire - Copyright Chicago Sun-Times 2019.)