Chicago Commuter Train Crash Which Injured Dozens Being Treated as Crime Scene

Chicago Commuter Train Crash Which Injured Dozens Being Treated as Crime Scene

No serious injuries reported as trains collide in Forest Park area. Investigation focusing on whether empty train was deliberately set on collision course.
September 30, 2013 (CHICAGO) (WLS) -- No one was onboard a runaway train that left the CTA rail yard and struck another Blue Line train at Forest Park near Harlem Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway, officials said. Dozens of people were transported to hospitals, but all injuries appear minor.

A stopped westbound train was struck by an eastbound train that was on the same track just before 8 a.m. Monday, CTA spokesperson Lambrini Lukidis said. Why they were on the same track is under investigation, but the CTA said no one was onboard or at the controls of the four-car train that was headed east.

"To the best of our knowledge, from what we know right now, there was no driver, there was no human being on that eastbound train," Forest Park Mayor Anthony T. Calderone said. "Forest Park police are treating this as a crime scene."

"So the million dollar question is how did this happen? There were initial reports that this was possibly a sabotage or the train was taken out of the yard. Earlier reports were that they saw somebody operating the train. We have not confirmed this," ATU local 308 President Robert Kelly said. He calls the situation "baffling," and said the eastbound train was in the yard, scheduled to go in for repairs.

Kelly said CTA trains are supposed to have a trip mechanism to keep trains from moving without someone on board.

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