Chinatown “L” Station Back Up and Running

Posted in Down in Chinatown at 12:45 pm by Benjamin Ross

Yesterday I was in Chinatown and got a first-hand look at the site of Friday’s crash. The Cermak-Chinatown station is now back up and running, the only difference being that passengers now must use the escalator on the south side of the street until the one on the north side reopens. I arrived in Chinatown via the station, and transportation appears to be functioning as normal. Score 2 points for the CTA for resolving the situation so quickly, or as Xinhua might put it “restoring social order.”

CTA Red Line cermak-chinatown station
Exiting the train at Cermak-Chinatown, the escalators on the north side of Cermak remain closed until repairs can be completed.
cermak-chinatown train station
a view of the station from below, looking north
Somebody was kind enough (CTA possibly?) to put up an explanation of the situation in Chinese.
Dan Ryan exit ramp cermak
This is the intersection (looking south) where the accident occurred. It was from this exit ramp, straight ahead, where the semi that plowed into the station originated. More often than not, there is a homeless man in a wheelchair who haphazardly weaves through the intersection begging money from stopped cars. Part of me wonders a) if he was there on Friday and b) whether or not he had anything to do with the crash.
chicago chinatown train station
another view of the station looking east…this whole area between the escalator and Cermak (where the people are standing) was still roped off by police as of Sunday night.


  1. Tora Spain said,

    April 28, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    Terrible accident that. I wonder what plans the city has to try to prevent it from happening again. I know it was an out-of-control truck, but as you said it’s a dangerous place next to that off ramp so I suppose it was only a matter of time before someone speeding wouldn’t be able to stop. Do you know id this sort of thing ever happened before at this intersection?

  2. Benjamin Ross United States said,

    May 1, 2008 at 9:06 am

    @ Tora

    To my knowledge I don’t know of any other such accidents occurring at that particular intersection, but I have only lived in Chicago since October, so it’s entirely possible something has happened before, although I doubt as bad as this one.

  3. Benjamin Ross United States said,

    May 7, 2008 at 11:59 am

    Update: I was back at the crash site today, and it looks like the north side of the trains station is back to functioning as normal. Yeah, I know…it’s only a train station, but hey, this blog is about China and Chicago, so I owed it to myself to do a bit of first-hand coverage.

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