Freight train hits underside of Oak Street bridge, causes delays

A Metra train rolls by. | Sun-Times Media File
A Metra train rolls by. | Sun-Times Media File

The railroad crossings and Oak Street bridge in Hinsdale were closed for several hours Saturday, after a freight train struck something hanging from the bottom of the bridge in the morning.

The train on the BNSF line was carrying a double-decker load of intermodal containers. It struck a timber hanging from the one-way bridge, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

The stopped freight train blocked all three crossings in Hinsdale, the Highland, downtown and west Hinsdale stations, for several hours.

The first commuter train was affected about 9:30 a.m., Miller said.

Debris from the accident initially blocked all three tracks along the line.

“We were able to get one track clear and start running trains through,” Miller said. The longest delay for a passenger train was 90 minutes, he said.
Between 2 and 3 p.m., all three tracks were re-opened, Miller said.

The bridge also reopened to vehicle traffic.

The 100-plus year-old bridge is scheduled to be replaced next year with a two-lane bridge. The new bridge will be at an elevation of 23 feet, 3 feet higher than the current bridge.

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