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Train derails at Chicago Intl Airport, rams into platform (PHOTOS)

Published time: March 24, 2014 11:22
Edited time: March 24, 2014 15:15
Chicago's O'Hare airport (AFP Photo/Mira Oberman)

Chicago's O'Hare airport (AFP Photo/Mira Oberman)

Thirty-two people have been injured in an eight-car commuter train derailment at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The train was pulling into the station, and the cause of the accident is not yet known.

Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago says the train "climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator," as quoted by AP.

The investigation into the cause of the crash is underway, with the apparent cause being that the train was traveling too fast.

"Apparently (it) was traveling at a rate of speed that clearly was higher than a normal train would be," Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele said at a morning briefing, but added, "it's far too soon to speculate."

None of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening, with people having been taken to four hospitals.

The area was closed off, but buses are being used to take passengers to and from the airport, Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman, Lambrini Lukidis, told AP.

Comments (4)


Delete This Comment 24.03.2014 16:28

This is no accident. I've ridden this train thousands of times. There is a cab signal that alerts the drivers to keep their speed down to 15-25 mph, and in this case like 5-10 mph.

There is no possible way for the train to go that far under any sort of normal circumstances. Either it is a complete mechanical failure, or a deliberate attack.

This is no minor accident: it's just not possible for the train to go that far up the escalator, unless it was going way too fast, like over 30 mph at least. This is impossible. What happened here?


DoAsk DoTell 24.03.2014 14:00

Money goes to pocket lawyers, lobbyists, insurance companies instead of train maintenance?

Is it a result of political power of the Multinationals over the gov. puppets?


Harry Stephenson 24.03.2014 11:38

The danger of the escalators is ever present... even when on a train.

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