Tuesday morning, I woke up nice and early. It was pleasant out, I had a nice healthy breakfast, and I decided to go work downtown for a while.
I rode the Brown line to Belmont, and an improv friend happened to be on the same car. We chatted. I transferred to the Red line and continued toward the Loop.
Just before North/Clybourn, however, the train stopped so abruptly that everyone who was standing had to move quickly to avoid falling. (A few fell anyway.)
Then the air shut off.
Then the lights died (except for the emergency lights.)
It got warm, then very warm. It was a full car.
A recorded announcement told us that there had been a medical emergency. Then a live announcement told us to pull the emergency exit and move towards the station. We were on the second-to-last car, and were therefore still in the tunnel.
Our train had 'brushed back' someone who was standing too close to the incoming train.
He was on a stretcher with his head covered in bloody bandages as we exited the station.