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UPDATE: Metra: BNSF Trains Resume Service

An alert was put on metra's website this afternoon saying the BNSF line is running after a fallen crane disrupted service Wednesday afternoon.

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Updated 5:03 p.m.

The BNSF line is running after a  halted service for about four-and-a-half hours Wednesday afternoon. 

"Service has resumed, however, we anticipate that there will be some delays throughout the remainder of the evening. ... We are encouraging passengers to come to (Chicago Union Station) as service has resumed and trains are running. Please note that service will not run at a normal schedule," Metra said in an alert on its website.

Update: 4:54 p.m.

Metra has released updated advisory messages regarding the crane incident on its website.

A Metra train scheduled to arrive at 2:34 p.m. and Aurora at 2:59 p.m., "is on the move operating 150 minutes behind schedule," the alert reads.  

Another Metra train scheduled to arrive Naperville at 4:39 p.m. and Aurora at 5:00 p.m., "is operating approximately 30 minutes late," according to Metra.

Also, a train scheduled to depart Chicago at 4:48 p.m. and arrive Naperville at 5:59 p.m. will make an additional stop at Halsted. 

The delays are due to accommodating commuters from canceled trains.

4:45 p.m.

Metra has put an advisory message up on its website saying that no rush-hour trains will run Wednesday evening, into or out of Union Station in Chicago, due to the fallen crane in Westmont that has blocked all tracks since 11:51 a.m. Wednesday morning. 

Earlier: 

"At this time, we cannot estimate when normal service will resume. We do not expect BNSF trains to operate during rush hour," the advisory reads. "We are recommending passengers consider alternate travel options. Some passengers may be able to take the Union Pacific West line and others should consider alternate forms of transportation." 

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