Yesterday we got a number of alerts about a disruption in the Loop. The reason was as follows:
Several trains have been rerouted Wednesday afternoon after a CTA employee performing track maintenance was struck by an Orange Line train in the Loop.
About 11:43 a.m., two CTA crew members were on the tracks just south of Adams Street when one of them was struck by a southbound Orange Line train, CTA spokeswoman Kim Myles said.
The worker did not come in contact with the electrified third rail and is “alert and conscious," Myles said.
Fire Media Affairs Asst. Director Eve Rodriguez said one person was transported in stable condition to Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Power was turned off on the tracks between the Quincy Street and Lake/Wabash stops, Myles said, but was restored as of 12:34 p.m. Reroutes were temporarily in effect on Green, Orange and Pink Line trains.
This happened right outside my window at work. None of us heard anything or were stirred in any way by this worker's hurt.
Part of the Faded Signage Pool on Flickr.
The NYC Stuff Exchange is a website that encourages people to buy, sell, rent, ore repair stuff instead of add it to the garbage heap. It's a great idea, and they have lots of ways to find vendors who will help you out. One thing I'd like to see in their extensive databases is a list of the actual stuff people can buy at each place, so you can monitor the inventory of your local vendor and scoop up the good stuff.
Can't think of a better possible development in the 2008 presidential race: "Guiliani inspires threat of a third-party run".