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Commuter Train Derailment in Chicago Injures 32

Tina Robinson3 years ago

A commuter train jumped the tracks at Chicago O’Hare International Airport early Friday morning, injuring 32 people.

About the Train Accident

NBC Chicago is reporting that a Blue Line commuter train pulling into the Chicago O’Hare stop jumped the tracks onto the escalator around 3 a.m. Friday morning. The accident left 32 people injured. Victims were taken to four surrounding area hospitals for treatment.

All of those injured in the accident were passengers on the train. Injuries ranged from bumps and bruises to neck and back pain.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is investigating possible causes of the derailment. Investigators are looking at video footage and interviewing personnel that were present when the crash occurred.

It is unknown if the train’s motorman had a medical issue prior to the accident, although authorities noted that he was walking and answering questions after the crash. Early observations suggest the train entered the station faster than normal and that speed could be a factor in the crash.

Train Accident Statistics

  • According to the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), there were 1665 injuries to passengers on transit rails between 2003 and 2008.
  • 337 of those injures were due to train derailments.
  • Transit rail derailments experience a 62% increase in frequency from 2003 to 2008, with 71 train derailments occurring in 2008. 

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