The stalled train was evacuated after the Chicago Transit Authority issued a temporary blackout warning on the Brown and Purple lines Tuesday afternoon.
Maddie Kilgannon, CTA spokeswoman, said there was a power outage on the Brown Line between Armitage and Loop and on the Purple Line express service between Howard and Loop near the Merchandise Mart around 4:40 p.m.
The reason for the power outage was not immediately known.
“We are working to restore service as quickly as possible,” Kilgannon said around 7 p.m
She said one northbound train on the Brown Line near the Merchandise Mart was the only train to stop as a result of the power outage.
Fewer than 100 passengers are still on the train, which has stopped. CFD continues evacuation to Merchandise Mart station. CFD EMS makes sure all passengers are OK. Some are nervous about the parade over the river, but firefighters are lining up to reassure them pic.twitter.com/IEs3B9vsKK
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The Chicago Fire Department responded to the power outage and helped evacuate more than 100 people from the stalled train to the Merchandise Mart station, according to the fire department’s Twitter account.
Spokesman Larry Merritt said shortly after 7 p.m. that the fire department was “finishing up” the scene and no vehicles or injuries were reported.