CHICAGO (WLS) — CTA Red, Purple, and Brown line trains are all halted after a crane collapsed at the Bryn Mawr station in Edgewater Wednesday afternoon.

Pictures taken by residents show a large yellow piece of machinery that appears to have taken down power lines and damaged at least one car in the 1100-block of West Bryn Mawr shortly after 3:30 p.m.

The Chicago Fire Department said a 200-ton capacity drill head construction crane tipped over while it was being used. CTA officials clarified the crane fell off the tracks near Bryn Mawr onto street level, into an alley, and is now in a precarious position.

An 18-unit residential building directly east of the station was evacuated. All residents got out safely and will be put in hotels until it is safe to return to their homes.

The crane is leaning against a utility pole.

ComEd is on the scene, working to cut power to the utility pole as workers attempt to bring in to stabilize the crane so it can be disassembled and removed, CFD said. ComEd said 101 customers are without power in the area of West Bryn Mawr and North Winthrop.

The CTA tweeted the Red, Brown, and Purple Line are majorly delayed due to the incident as service resumes, with Red Line trains bypassing the Bryn Mawr stop. Shuttle buses are being offered between Bryn Mawr and Howard. The transit agency warned of major delays and did not offer a timeline for when trains would start moving again.

No injuries have been reported, according to the fire department, and one nearby business owner said he saw the operator crawl out of the crane. What caused the crane to tip is not currently known and is under investigation by CTA.

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