Train derails at Chicago's O'Hare airport, 32 hurt
Monday, March 24, 2014 - 00:52
March 24 - Dozens injured when a Chicago subway train derails at O'Hare airport and hits a platform, sending its front car landing on an escalator and stairs. Mana Rabiee reports.
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That's a Chicago subway train, smashed right up onto the platform staircase.
The crash happened around 3 am Monday at the O-Hare International Airport station.
It left 32 people hurt and the front of the train derailed.
SOUNDBITE: CHICAGO FIRE COMMISSIONER JOSE SANTIAGO SAYING:
"The train had actually climbed over the last stop and actually went over the sidewalk and up the stairs and up the escalator."
Most of the injuries were bumps and bruises. None were life threatening.
Crews are working to take apart the crumpled train and remove it from the scene.
SOUNDBITE: CHRIS BUSHELL, CTA CHIEF INFRASTRUCTURE OFFICER SAYING:
"The car that's ended up on the escalator, we'll begin selective demolition on that car, take it out more than likely in several pieces."
Transit officials say the train would normally approach the platform at just a couple of miles but…
SOUNDBITE: BRIAN STELLE, CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY SPOKESMAN, SAYING:
"Obviously the train did not stop, so speed could be a factor here."
The cause of the derailment is under investigation.
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