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Freight derailment halts Metra North Central service for the day

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A freight train derailment early Tuesday has halted service on Metra's North Central Service until at least Wednesday morning.

A southbound Canadian National freight train was carrying plastic pellets from Wisconsin when a set of wheels on one of the cars derailed about 1 a.m., CN spokesman Patrick Waldron said.

The train derailed on a single-track portion of the line, forcing Metra to suspend all North Central Service trains until at least Wednesday morning, according to a service alert on Metra's website. North Central Service operates between Chicago and north suburban Antioch.

As of 11:30 a.m., the train had been uprighted and moved, and crews were working to repair damage to the track, Waldron said.

Two rail crossings also remain blocked off late Tuesday morning in north suburban Mundelein, at Route 45 and Dunbar Road, and Route 45 and Winchester Road, Mundelein police Sgt. Patrick Gara said.

The cause of the derailment is under investigation, Waldron said. No one was hurt in the derailment, officials said.

Commuters are encouraged to use the Milwaukee District North Line, which runs from Chicago to Fox Lake and is operating normally, or find alternate modes of transportation, Metra spokesman Michael Gillis said.

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