Thirty-two people injured from Chicago train derailment; passenger heard "a boom"
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 00:49
March 24 - A passenger train derails and lands on an escalator and stairs at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, leaving 32 injured. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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Thirty-two people were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O'Hare International Airport early on Monday (March 24), with its front car landing on an escalator and stairs, a city fire official said.
It was not immediately clear how fast the train was moving, but authorities were looking at speed as a possible factor.
The female train operator was among those hurt, though neither she nor any of the passengers faced life-threatening injuries.
According to Chicago Fire Department, the eight-car train jumped a bumper at the end of the line just before 3:00 a.m. Chicago time. If anyone was on the escalator when the train ran into it, they could've have been killed.
First responders and police were at the scene. Chicago Fire Department transported injured individuals into ambulances.
A passenger on the train, Denise Adams, said she heard a "boom" and found the train up the escalator.
"I was on the fifth or sixth car of the train and I heard a boom," Adams said. "When I got off the train, the train was all the way up the escalator."
Adams said there was "a lot of panic" as it was difficult to get people off the train.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the cause of the derailment. According to transit authority, train service on part of the line may be suspended for up to 24 hours. Bus shuttles were available.
The injured passengers, in conditions ranging from fair to serious, were taken to four local hospitals with mostly bumps and bruises, officials said.
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