CTA officials are investigating how an out of service train ran head-on into a train stopped at a Blue Line station in Forest Park Monday morning, sending dozens of people to hospitals.
The accident happened just before 8 a.m. Train service was suspended for a few hours between Forest Park and Kedzie Avenue, but has since resumed. According to a tweet from the CTA, trains are not stopping at Harlem.
Blue Line trains not stopping at Harlem (Forest Park br.) due to an incident involving a train. Again, service has resumed to Forest Park.—
(@cta) September 30, 2013
The CTA confirmed 33 people were injured and taken to 6 different area hospitals.
Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone says police are treating the crash site as a crime scene because a stationary train was run into by a running train with no conductor in it.
At this hour, investigators still don’t know why the train was moving in the first place, when it was in the yard for service. They are reviewing video and interviewing any witnesses from the CTA yard.
CTA spokesperson Brian Steele says, “I really don’t know if you can characterize it as a runaway train. Obviously it was moving in a direction that it shouldn’t have been on tracks that it shouldn’t have been. Clearly that should not have occurred. This is not a movement that a train should be making. The circumstances that lead to that is what we’re looking into.”
This is a developing story. More details as they become available.