Over 30 People Injured After Chicago Subway Train Derails
A Chicago subway car reportedly jumped the track this morning, leaving over 30 passengers injured and several others emotionally distressed.
via Chicago Tribune
More than 30 people were injured this morning when a CTA train jumped the platform and climbed up an escalator at the end of the Blue Line at O’Hare International Airport, officials said.
“I heard a boom and when I got off the train, the train was all the way up the escalator. It’s a wreck,” Denise Adams, who was riding toward the back of the train, told reporters. “It was a lot of panic because it was hard to get people off the train.”
Fire crews scrambled to determine if anyone was underneath the train but no one was found, according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Joe Santiago. All of the injured were aboard the train and were taken in fair or good condition to four hospitals, he said. The operator of the train “was walking and talking as we were investigating,” Santiago said.
The eight-car train was wedged near the top of an escalator used by commuters at the Blue Line terminal. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said workers may have to cut up the car and remove it piece by piece, which could take 12 to 24 hours.
Six people were listed in fair-to-serious condition and 26 in good-to-fair condition, fire officials on the scene said. All of the injured were passengers on the train, officials said.
These people must have been terrified! Thankfully, no deaths have been reported at this time.