A Chicago Transit Authority train collided with a standing
train at a station in a western suburb of Chicago during
Monday morning's rush hour, leaving at least 33 people
injured, according to an official with the CTA.
The collision happened at about 7:45am local time at the
ground-level Harlem Station in Forest Park west of Chicago,
CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski said.
Thirty-three people were transported to nine area hospitals
with what appeared to be non-serious injuries, including the
operator of the standing train, Hosinski said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it was sending
investigators to Chicago to investigate the collision. The
CTA also is investigating to see whether there was an
operator or anyone else on the colliding train, which had no
Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone gave a slightly higher
number of those injured saying forty-eight people had been
transferred to 10 area hospitals, adding that none of their
injuries was life threatening.
"Most of the people were complaining of either neck pain or
back pain," Calderone told the CLTV news station.
Service had resumed across the affected line by midday, but
trains are not stopping at the station where the collision
occurred, according to the CTA.
Robert Kelly, president of the union which represents train
operators, told reporters the moving train was apparently
empty and safety mechanisms should have stopped it
automatically before it entered the station.
"Right now it is starting to look like a mechanical
malfunction," Kelly said.
Calderone said Forest Park police were treating the station
as a crime scene as a precaution to preserve evidence, though
they were not saying any crime had occurred.