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Traffic is blocked on Chicago Avenue near Madison Street in south Evanston at this hour after a car jumped the curb and became hung up on the edge of the CTA embankment.

The accident apparently happened about 7 a.m., and two tow trucks from North Shore towing are on the scene trying to free the car from the concrete embankment.

The embankment along that stretch of Chicago Avenue was redesigned a few years ago to add a sloping barrier and rebuild the concrete wall separating the road from the elevated tracks.

The redesign also added new plantings — which appear to have not been too seriously damaged in this morning’s accident.

No word yet on whether there were any injuries in the accident.


Update 9:09 a.m.: Evanston police now say nobody was hurt in the accident. Cmdr. Joseph Dugan says the driver, a 26-year-old Evanston woman, told officers she was heading southbond on Chicago Avenue while talking on her cell phone.

She dropped the phone, and when she reached down to pick it up, the car ended up on the embankment. Dugan says she’s been issued a ticket for using a hand-held cellular device while driving.

The car now has been towed away and the street is again open to traffic.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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