Dozens injured when CTA trains collide during morning commute

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Dozens of people were injured Monday morning in a Chicago suburb when a reportedly unmanned train collided with another train at a CTA stop.

Investigators continue to work the scene near the Harlem station along the Eisenhower Expressway.

Shortly before 8 a.m. a CTA Blue Line train with brake problems somehow escaped the Forest Park rail yard with reportedly no operator inside. It traveled at roughly 20 mph east for about a half to three quarters of a mile until it crashed head on into an eight car train parked at the Harlem station.

33 of passengers suffered cuts, bruises and other minor injuries.

Reports say people inside the train were screaming and yelling for help. Not knowing what could be next, some were even crushed in the crowds as they rushed for a way out. The injuries in the end were non-life threatening for all.

Blue Line trains along the Eisenhower are single tracking only as shuttle buses pick up commuters slowed down by the crash.

This is no longer a CTA investigation. The NTSB is in charge now. Eisenhower commuters will likely see what’s left of the train collision on their way in and out of the city on Tuesday.

The investigation continues.

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  • Nuggets

    An AR-15 military style riffle is responsible for this. Oh, this isn't a story about a shooting. But let's say that this rifle platform is responsible anyway like everyone does.

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