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Freight train derailment nixes Friday service on Metra Electric, South Shore

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Metra Electric train at University Park. | Sun-Times file photo

The headaches are not over for rail commuters from the south suburbs and Northwest Indiana.

Metra announced Thursday that there will be no service along the Metra Electric Line on Friday — the third day this week without trains — after a freight train derailed near Harvey on Wednesday night.

“The derailment damaged the structures supporting the wires that provide power to the line as well as two electrical substations that supply power to that section of track,” Metra said in a statement.

The South Shore Line will be suspended through Friday too, the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District announced.

“We are hoping to be able to restore service on Saturday, Feb. 2, between Millennium Station and Michigan City Carroll Ave. However, Saturday service is not a certainty at this time,” NICTD said in a news release Thursday afternoon.

Metra is encouraging Electric Line riders to take the Rock Island Line as an alternative.

The Metra Electric and South Shore lines have not operated since Wednesday because of weather-related problems brought on by the extreme cold weather that’s enveloped the Midwest.