Two trains crashed into one another near Chicago on Monday morning, according to a UPI media report on Monday. The trains are the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) trains that travel to and from the western suburbs of Chicago. The trains involved were on the Blue Line shortly before 8 a.m. during the rush hour commute. Many persons were injured in the mishap.
While an outbound Blue Line train was stopped at the Harlem Avenue station in Forest Park – two towns directly west of Chicago’s loop – an out-of-service train crashed into the parked train. Obviously, both trains were on the same track. A CTA spokesperson said it is unknown why the out-of-service train was even on the track, let alone crashing into another train.
According to Anthony Calderone, the mayor of Forest Park, there were 48 persons injured in the accident. Ten hospitals have received the injured. Reportedly, none of the injured were seriously hurt in the crash.
As far as transportation to and from Chicago’s loop, Blue Line service was temporarily suspended between the Forest Park and Kedzie Avenue stops with shuttle busses being utilized.