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Freight train disrupts traffic in Grayslake

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The Grayslake Clock Tower can be seen in the backround on Center Street where a freight train became uncoupled and part of the train was stranded in the railroad crossing. | Frank Abderholden/Sun-Times Media

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Updated: April 5, 2014 3:44AM

A freight train disrupted traffic in Grayslake Monday around noon after a coupling mechanism blew and some of the train cars detached right in the middle of the Center Street railroad crossing.

The incident happened just after 11 a.m. and caused crossing gates to remain down across Route 120, Center Street, Lake Street and Washington Street. Canadian National crews moved a locomotive to the south side of the stranded train cars, blocking the crossing south of Route 120 at Route 83 for a short time.

The northbound freight train pulled north so the Lake and Washington Street crossing were clear. The locomotive pulling the stranded the cars stopped near the landfill after all the cars had cleared both Center Street and Route 120 and Route 83.

All the railroad crossing were clear until they moved the freight cars again later in the afternoon, but disruptions were short, said Patrick Waldron, spokesman for Canadian National Railroad.

He said the incident was completely cleared by 2 p.m. and a spokesman for Metra said since they have very limited trains at that time of day there were no problems for commuters.

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