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Metra delays and cancellations continue with severe weather

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CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Historically cold temperatures continued to wreak havoc on the Metra rail system around Chicago Monday night as dozens of train runs were cancelled.

By 3:30 p.m. Monday, Metra had already begun to cancel trains out of the downtown Ogilvie Transportation Center for the evening commute.

Milwaukee District-North Line trains 2125 and 2127 were not operating Monday night, and all other trains on the line were running at least 20 minutes behind schedule as of 5 p.m., according to Metra's website. Metra Electric Train 33 service was also cancelled.

On the Union Pacific-West Line, trains 2225, 2241 and 56 were not running. Trains 41, 43, 51, 53, 55, 59 and 60 had been proactively "annulled" and will not run this evening, the agency said.

On the Union-Pacific North Line, trains 331, 337, 345, 347, 349 and 353 were cancelled, in addition to the inbound 346, 350 and 354.

Union-Pacific Northwest Line trains 623, 237, 635, 637, 643, 651 and the inbound 850 were also cancelled, according to Metra's website.

The agency urged riders to check their website for updates as trains operated on adjusted schedules with the severe weather.

The delays rounded out a day chocked full of issues for Metra riders and officials.

Multiple people were injured when a Metra train clipped a semi truck in north suburban Niles, just one of a series of incidents on Metra trains Monday morning.

The inbound Milwaukee North Line train clipped a semi about 6 a.m. on the Milwaukee District North Line near the Edgebrook station in Niles, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

Three people were hospitalized with minor injuries, according to Metra spokesman Michael Gillis.

The intersection of Touhy and Lehigh, where the crash occurred, will be closed for repairs through late Monday, according to Niles police.

A few hours later, a Metra Rock Island District train struck a bumping post at the LaSalle Street Station in the 400 block of South LaSalle Street at 8:46 a.m., according to Metra.

Five ambulances were sent to the scene and firefighters were checking out the train's passengers, according to Fire Media Affairs. The train did not derail.

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