MetroLink service restored in Illinois; Commuters may see delays as service resumes

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EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KTVI)- Metro officials have confirmed that services have been restored in Illinois and commuters may see delays up to 10 minutes as service resumes.

It was a morning of delays for Metrolink riders who ride the trains throughout the Metro East.

Around a five mile stretch of track has been completely shut down for hours after power lines fell onto the wires that run the trains.
Metro officials say if you are riding the entire system from Lambert Airport to the Shiloh-Scott Air Force Base stop, you could experience an hour delay. Other delays should be shorter, maybe 15 minutes to half an hour.

The tracks were completely shut down between the Fairview Heights station and the Emerson Park station in East St. Louis.

The problem began about 4:30a.m. at St Clair Avenue and 71st street in East St. Louis.

An Ameren Illinois spokesperson says a big rig snagged a cable line on a power pole then moments later another vehicle hit the power pole bringing it down.

The collapsing pole took down two additional poles that were on both sides of the Metrolink tracks. The utility wires from the falling poles landed on the metro wires that run the trains, causing what is described as extensive damage to the metro wires.

Because of the track shutdown, Metro bussed passengers between the Fairview Heights and Emerson Park stations. The buses are also made stops at the two stations between Fairview and Emerson Park-those are Washington Park and Jackie Joyner Kersee.

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