Red Line trains emptied

The CTA Red Line is halted at 79th Street Station and passengers are evacuated to the Dan Ryan Expressway, in Chicago. (Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune / January 16, 2014)

Power was shut off to the CTA Red Line south of 63rd Street for about two hours after a man who had been threatening to jump from an overpass went down to the "L" rail bed and started walking along it, officials said.

Two lanes in each direction of the Dan Ryan Expressway also were closed while Illinois State Police tried to get the man to surrender near where he had apparently walked down to the tracks at 79th Street, according to a state trooper.

The Chicago Fire Department was called to the scene about 4 p.m. for a man threatening to jump from the 79th Street overpass, but by the time crews arrived, the man was on the CTA right-of-way, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The man may have been trying to make contact with the electrified third rail, but emergency crews contacted the CTA and power was cut off, and the mans started walking north along the railroad bed, an official said.

The CTA cut off power from 63rd to 95th Street just after 4 p.m., and a bus-shuttle was put in place for the affected stations, said CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski. Although trains were running north of 63rd Street, they were experiencing some delays, the CTA said in a Twitter message just after 5 p.m.

Service resumed about 6:30 p.m., after the man was taken into Chicago Police custody and the power turned back on. The man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital for evaluation, according to Chicago Police.

Check the CTA website for updates on service.

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