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Sep 30, 2013 10:24 AM by Maddie Garrett & NBC

Trains Collide in Chicago, 48 Hospitalized

Several people were reported injured when two trains running on Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line tracks collided Monday morning.

The accident happened just before 8 a.m. at Harlem Avenue and Interstate 290 in the Forest Park branch when a westbound train was struck by an eastbound train heading towards the Loop, officials said.

Blue Line service between Forest Park and Kedzie Avenue has been suspended due to the incident, CTA officials said.

Shuttle buses are in place and inbound trains are moving normally.

CTA officials said several people were injured in the incident, but it was not clear exactly how many.
Forest Park's Mayor Anthony Calderone said at least 48 people were transported to 10 area hospitals.

He said most of the transported riders complained of neck or back pain.

Witnesses said at least one person was taken away on a stretcher, but the CTA tweeted that the injuries were "minor."

Martinez Butler, a locomotive engineer for another train company, was standing at the corner when the trains collided.

"There was a train that was stopped at the station. Another train came through and looked like it blew the signal, because I heard beeping," she said. "I'm a locomotive engineer. I know the systems, I know the sounds. When you hear those beepings it's warning you that there is an obstruction in front of you and you need to stop."

 

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