Metra trains delayed after one strikes cow near Woodstock

WOODSTOCK – At least it wasn't Harmilda.

Some riders of the No. 610 train that departs Harvard at 5:47 a.m. were expected to arrive in Chicago about a half hour late today after the train struck a cow near Woodstock, Metra spokesman Tom Miller said.

Another couple of trains also were delayed due to the mishap. Riders of the No. 614 and No. 616 trains were expected to arrive about 10 minutes late.

"On the UP Northwest line, Train 610, which departs Harvard at 5:47 a.m., apparently struck a dead cow near Woodstock just after 6 a.m.," Miller said. "There were only passengers from Harvard on the train at the time. I don't know how many."

The train from Harvard was damaged. Some cables became exposed or loosened, Miller said. Metra then did some equipment swapping, using Train No. 616, which normally departs Crystal Lake at 6:35 a.m., as No. 614, which normally departs Crystal Lake at 6:19 a.m. Train No. 610 operated as No. 616 after the cables were repaired, Miller said.

"Those two trains are running about 10 minutes late," he said earlier today. "It's just those ... so it's not like it's affecting the whole rush hour."

The passengers who were on the train that struck the cow were expected to arrive in Chicago about 7:55 a.m., about a half hour after their normal 7:22 a.m. arrival.

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