South Shore Commuters

A westbound South Shore Line train prepares to depart the East Chicago train station recently.

Kale Wilk, The Times

CHESTERTON — The Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District will conduct an emergency preparedness drill from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

It will be held near the South Shore Line’s intersection with County Road 500E in eastern LaPorte County, immediately east of the Indiana Toll Road overpass of the South Shore. The South Shore is conducting this training exercise in cooperation with the Kankakee Township Fire Department.

The drill involves the collision of a passenger train and fuel oil tanker truck and will involve the Fire Department along with LaPorte County HazMat, St. Anthony’s Hospital, LaPorte County EMA/EMS, NICTD Police Department and the LaPorte County Coroner.

The South Shore is testing crew and dispatcher performance and the effectiveness of its outreach training. In addition, first responder agencies will be testing their new 800Mhz radios.

Authorities said the drill will not affect scheduled train service.


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This training is part of the South Shore’s continuing effort to familiarize first responders with the passenger cars and the types of circumstances those cars may encounter in an emergency.

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Carmen is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Times newspaper for 20 years. Before that she also had stints at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Post-Tribune and The News Dispatch in Michigan City.