Tags: chicago | trains | crash | head-on | collision

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

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

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 11:54 AM

By Michael Mullins

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.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is About to Strike. Are You Prepared?

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.

Editor's Note: Do You Support Obamacare? Vote in Urgent National Poll

"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.

Related stories:

60 Dead in Spanish Train Crash

Ottawa Bus Crash Kills 6 as Driver Slams Into Moving Passenger Train

© 2015 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Aiyana Stanley-Jones: Officer Who Killed Girl Won't Be Tried Again

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 17:17 PM

A Detroit police officer will not face a third trial after he shot and killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley-Jones during a r . . .

Easter Island Mystery Solved? Research Suggests Cause of Demise

Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 19:13 PM

New research is shedding light on the Easter Island mystery concerning what caused the downfall of the natives of the is . . .

Comcast Apologizes to Customer Whose Name Was Changed to Expletive

Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 16:46 PM

Comcast has apologized to a Spokane, Washington, customer whose name was changed on a bill from the telecommunications c . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved