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PHOTOS: Fallen Crane Causes Five-Hour BNSF Metra Halt

Patch was in Westmont snapping pictures for a good portion of Wednesday; did you take any photos of the scene?

Metra service on the BNSF railway was stopped Wednesday from 11:51 a.m. to about 4:45 p.m. after a movable crane being used by railroad workers to install a new signal bridge fell over and blocked all three tracks just west of Cass Avenue in Westmont.

No persons were injured as a result of the incident, but there were, no doubt, some persons who were frustrated. The crane boom wasn't sawed off from the base and removed until about 4:15 p.m., and the first trains went through the Westmont Metra Station at 4:42 p.m.

, and took plenty of photos, which can be seen above.

Did you take any pictures on the scene Wednesday? Upload them to this story and share them with the community!

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Joe O'Donnell (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 03:22 PM
Wow! A ton of cool photos submitted by Will Sperling. Thanks, Will!
Will Sperling August 16, 2012 at 03:31 PM
You are of course, most welcome, Joe! I was pleased to see how the professionals contained the scene, and all worked together nicely. Kudos to Westmont Police, Fire, EMA, BNSF Police, BNSF maintenance, Chariot Towing Service, and all the other contractors who actually cleaned up the scene and restored commuter service to BNSF/Metra railroad in just a few hours.

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