Woman injured by falling concrete in Union Station

CHICAGO –Two train platforms at Union Station are still closed after a woman was hit by several pounds of falling concrete.

Tuesday began like most others for Hilda Piell as she boarded the Metra train from Northbrook, heading down to Union Station and eventually her job as Chief Human Resources Officer at the CME Group.

Within moments of arriving there it suddenly became a day unlike any other.

“I felt something like vey hard and sharp hit the top of my head. The force of it shocked me,” she recalled later.

Falling concrete from the ceiling of the Union Station terminal bonked her on the top of her head, and she didn't realize what had happened until she looked at her fellow commuters, then looked down and saw blood on the ground.

The paramedics soon arrived and cleaned her up. Back home, she went to see a doctor and found she didn’t need stitches.  Another woman was hit in the shoulder as well but was not hurt.

Amtrak issued a statement concerning the matter:

“Due to some material that fell earlier today from non-Railroad structures built over the tracks, Amtrak closed off three tracks. The area is being currently assessed we will work to quickly reopen the area for passenger use once the assessment is complete.”

Hilda says an official from IDOT told her falling concrete has happened before, and not so long ago, but no one was hurt.