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CPD sergeant taken to hospital after HazMat response at Grand Red Line station

A responding sergeant assigned to the CPD Mass Transit Unit was taken to a hospital as a precaution over concerns that he may have inhaled a chemical, police said.

A 27-year-old man was beaten and robbed Nov. 26, 2019 on a Red Line train in The Loop.
Red Line trains were rerouted Sept. 24, 2019 for “fire department activity” at the Grand station.
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A Chicago police officer was hospitalized as a precaution after a hazardous materials response at the CTA Grand Red Line station that temporarily rerouted subway trains to the elevated tracks during Tuesday’s morning rush.

Authorities received calls of a “chemical odor” just after 8 a.m. at the Grand station in the 500 block of North State Street, Chicago police said. A HazMat team was sent in response, evacuating and shutting down the station while crews investigated.

A responding sergeant assigned to the department’s Mass Transit Unit was taken to a hospital as a precaution over concerns that he may have inhaled a chemical, police said. His condition was stabilized.

The station was cleared and reopened after the fire department found no signs of a harmful substance, police said.

Red Line trains were rerouted to elevated tracks between the Fullerton and Cermak/Chinatown stations, but resumed regular routing by about 8:15 a.m., according to the CTA.

A spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department did not immediately provide details about the incident.