More than 30 hurt in CTA train derailment at O’Hare

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More than 14 hours later, a CTA Blue Line train still sits on the escalator at the O’Hare Airport station.

More than 30 people were hurt when the train derailed.

The crash happened about 3 a.m. Monday.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are in the early stages as they try to figure out exactly what happened.

The early morning train had 8 cars. According to some reports, witnesses say they heard a loud boom then the train left the tracks, bounced up onto the platform and plowed into an escalator, as you might imagine passengers were screaming amid the chaos of the crash.

Thirty-four people were hospitalized. Other passengers were left shaken and scared.

The train operator began her shift at 8:40 pm Sunday night was hospitalized too.

The lead train did have a camera and that video has already been procured, as has the video from the station. They will be sent to Washington, DC, for further examination.

In the meantime, the train won’t be going anywhere anytime Monday or even Tuesday, and shuttle buses are being used.

The train is being extensively photographed, and then car by car, it will be removed.

Some rail lines have have computerized automatic braking systems. This one, however, did not.

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  • mbarney

    Wow! That was a terrible accident right near a busy airport in the world” hopefully no one were even killed in this incident that night. Homeland security would look into this to see if it has somerhing to do with terrorist attacks.