South Shore restores train service hours after derailment

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Saturday, March 12, 2016

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WLS) -- South Shore passenger train service will be restored Saturday evening -- hours after service was suspended due to a derailment in Michigan City, Ind., earlier in the day, officials said.

The Northern Indiana Commuter Train District said the South Shore will restore service Saturday evening. The first westbound train will depart South Bend at 5:45 p.m. EST. The first eastbound train will depart from Chicago at 9:15 p.m. CST. Both trains will make all stops. Westbound Trains 610 and 510 will operate on schedule. Eastbound Trains 613 and 601 will depart Millennium Station on time.

Metra is honoring all South Shore Line tickets Saturday as a result of the temporary suspension.

Train service was suspended at about 10 a.m. Saturday after a train derailed while being moved into position, damaging overhead wire and track, officials said. No passengers were on board at the time. No injuries were reported.

A 2:50 p.m. update said: "We have called for specialized re-railing equipment. There is also damage to our overhead wire and track. All South Shore personnel have been dispatched to the scene to make repairs and restore service as quickly as possible."

Trains are expected to operate on schedule on Sunday, which marks the first day of the rail service's free westbound ride promotion.