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Police cut power to CTA Blue Line to investigate body found next to tracks

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A couple of hours after power had been restored to the CTA Blue Line after a body was removed from the subway at a Loop station, power was cut again as police returned to the scene.

The body was found at the station at 117 W. Lake St. about 9:40 a.m., according to police News Affairs Officer John Mirabelli.

Power was originally removed between the Damen and Racine stations following a report of a person on the right-of-way, according to CTA spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis.

Chicago Fire Department personnel removed the body, according to Fire Media Affairs. While emergency personnel were working, Blue Line trains were operating only between O'Hare and Damen; and Racine and Forest Park.

The body was found underneath a grate adjacent to the tracks, Mirabelli said. It was not known as of about noon if the person was male or female, he said. The death apparently did not involve contact with a train.

Train service was restored initially by about 10:20 a.m., but power was cut once again about noon because investigators returned to the scene, Lukidis said.

As of about 12:20 p.m., power was being restored to the southbound tracks but northbound service to O'Hare in the affected area was still suspended, she said.

The CTA is operating shuttle buses for affected Blue Line riders until power is fully restored.

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