Chicago Trains Crash: Head-On Collision Injures 48, None Seriously

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Monday, 30 Sep 2013 11:54 AM

By Michael Mullins

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Two Chicago trains crashed head-on Monday morning, sending 48 people to 10 area hospitals. None of the injuries were considered serious.

The accident occurred at approximately 8 a.m. at a Blue Line station in Forest Park, according to Anthony Calderone, mayor of Forest Park – a suburb of Chicago.

Most of the injuries, which were described as minor, included "back, head lacerations and various aches and pains," a spokesman from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, told My Fox Chicago.

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A significant number of the train crash victims were sent to Loyola University Medical Center.

According to Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis, an outbound train stopped at the Harlem station was struck by an out-of-service train that was going the opposite direction on the same track, the Chicago Tribune reported.

It is unclear who was operating the out-of-service train at the time of the accident, though there were initial suspicions that the train had been hijacked, CBS Chicago reported.

In response to questions about who was in control of the out-of-service train when it crashed, Calderone told CBS 2′s Mike Puccinelli that nobody was at the train's controls.

The CTA's Tammy Chase, however, was unable to confirm the mayor's statement, while the agency's spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis added that there were no passengers on the out-of-service train at the time of the crash, though she could not say if any workers were on the train at the time of the collision.

The train might have been traveling at a speed of between 20 and 25 miles per hour when the collision occurred, according to Robert Kelly, of Amalgamated Transit Union 308.

Kelly added that someone would have had to have had a key in order to start the train on its collision course, CBS Chicago reported.

One witness to the crash, Taylor Pettiford, who was on the platform when the trains collided, told the Chicago Tribune that she heard screams in the moments before the trains collided.

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"Stop! Stop! Stop the train!" Pettiford heard people yelling. "Slow down!"

The Blue Line service was suspended between certain train lines following the crash. Shuttle buses were subsequently provided to assist commuters due to the lapse in service.

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