Transit trains collide in Chicago, 33 hurt

11:10 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
Two rapid transit trains collided in Chicago on Sept. 30, 2013 with a number of passengers taken to local hospitals (WMAQ)
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CHICAGO (WMAQ) -- More than 30 people were injured Monday morning after two trains running on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line tracks collided, CTA officials confirmed.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at Harlem Avenue and Interstate 290 in the Forest Park branch. A westbound train was struck by an eastbound train heading toward the Loop, officials said.

Forest Park is a northwest suburb that surrounds much of O'Hare International Airport.

Blue Line service between Forest Park and Austin was suspended due to the incident, CTA officials said. Shuttle buses were in place and inbound trains were moving normally.

CTA officials said 33 people were injured in total and nine of them transported to area hospitals.

Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone told reporters most of the transported riders complained of neck or back pain.

Witnesses said at least one person was taken away on a stretcher, but the CTA tweeted the injuries were "minor."

Loyola University Medical Center confirmed they received four patients from the collision but said their injuries were "not serious."

Westlake Hospital in Melrose Park said they are treating two patients in good condition and West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park reported they received one patient in good condition.

Martinez Butler, a locomotive engineer for another train company, was standing at the corner when the trains collided.

"There was a train that was stopped at the station. Another train came through and looked like it blew the signal, because I heard beeping," she said. "I'm a locomotive engineer. I know the systems, I know the sounds. When you hear those beepings it's warning you that there is an obstruction in front of you and you need to stop."

(WMAQ Chicago)

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