CHICAGO — Parts of the Green Line and Pink Line were closed for hours Tuesday as a man ran for two miles on the "L" tracks, threatening to jump, officials said.
Emergency workers inflated the Fire Department's "jump bag" under the man, hoping to save him if he jumped. He was eventually talked down, and trains are now running.
Authorities say he ran on the tracks for two miles before he was cornered between the Ashland and Morgan stops.
It started Tuesday morning, when the CTA said services were suspended due to "an unauthorized person on the tracks near the CTA's California Green Line stop, according to several CTA alerts. The disruption was first reported at 2:32 a.m. and normal service resumed just before 8 a.m.
At 4:33 a.m., a Chicago Police SWAT team took over the scene near the stop after a man in a black coat with a hospital band was reported running around on the tracks. With SWAT negotiators on the scene, he man was cornered by police at 1040 W. Lake St. on the track between Morgan and Ashland stops in the West Loop and was threatening to jump, Chicago Police said.
At about 8 a.m., the man, age 25-35 years old, came down from the tracks and was transported to Stroger Hospital for evaluation.
Normal service on the Green and Pink Line has resumed after an earlier unauthorized person on the tracks near Morgan.— cta (@cta) December 6, 2016
Green Ln serv continue to been temp suspended btwn California & Clark/Lake due to an unauthorized person on the tracks. Shut buses are avail— cta (@cta) December 6, 2016
The morning day temporarily halted Green Line service between Pulaski and Clark/Lake.
As a result, Green Line trains were operating in two sections:
• Between Harlem/Lake and California
• Between Clark/Lake and 63rd
Pink Line service was temporarily suspended between Polk and the Loop.
As a result, Pink Line trains were operating in one section:
• Between 54th/Cermak and Polk, and then to Racine (Blue Line), only, for direct connections to Blue Line train service to/from downtown.
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