The collapse of a CTA rail embankment along McCormick Boulevard in Skokie has brought a halt to Yellow Line service today.

The Village of Skokie says the failure of the embankment was discovered after a brief power outage last night.

Shuttle buses are being used to transport passengers over the route between Dempster Street in Skokie and the Howard Street station.

The problem has also led to a closure of McCormick Boulevard between Oakton and Howard streets.

A CTA spokesman tells the Chicago Tribune the failure of the embankment appears to have been caused by a construction project not controlled by the CTA. 

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. That explains the power issue last night

    I wondered what was going on between 10 and 10:30pm last night.  The house power kept blinking and the TV kept clicking off .  Must have been repercussions of the rather large outage that was part of this.  I'm near Dodge/Main and it caused our power to fluctuate for almost a full minute.

    1. We thought it was a transformer!

      On Oakton, near Dodge, you could hear muffled popping that made us think it was a transformer.  Unbelieveable!  Would it be the construction of the ball park being put in on the Water Reclamation District's land that is being referred to here?  If so, that is frightening!  Sounds like these types of projects could use a bit more oversight?  This could have had serious mortality issues if the el had been running when the embankment failed.

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