CTA Blue Line strikes deer north of Cumberland station <--- not a typo

CTA trains hit deer a couple of times a year, usually long the wooded Yellow Line tracks at grade level.

But certainly deer strikes don't happen very often along Blue Line tracks in the middle of the Kennedy Expressway.

But that's what happened at about 3:15 a.m Wednesday, when a northbound Blue Line train struck and killed a deer just north of the Cumberland station.

The train was delayed for about 15 minutes as the carcass was removed from the tracks. There were no human injuries.

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  • I live nearby, and there are a LOT of deer around. In the Forest Preserve at Bryn Mawr and East River Rd., just west of the Cumberland station, on one occasion I counted 40 deer in the front clearing and 30 deer in the two picnic areas further in. You can actually cross underneath the Kennedy along the river bank. This deer must have gotten lost.

  • In reply to Nate Whilk:

    Thanks for that inside info, Nate.

  • In reply to Nate Whilk:

    The question is how it could have gotten lost in that manner. Did it go through the station and down the escalator, or cross traffic and the fence in the median?

    I guess it is not talking, though.

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    This is nothing new! I worked the Wagon out of the Utility Dept. and used to pull deer off the right of way there and out of the tunnel there regularly! They trail up and down the Des Plaines River and enter the right away where the tracks cross the river.

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    Correction: Right of way!

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