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Incredible picture of derailed Chicago train that ran up O’Hare escalator

A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday, March 24, 2014, in Chicago. More than 30 people were injured after the train “climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator,” according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago. (AP Photo/NBC Chicago, Kenneth Webster)

A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed, hit a platform at O’Hare International Airport and ran up an escalator early Monday morning. More than 30 people were injured but not seriously, according to initial news reports.

“The train actually climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalators,” said Chicago Fire Department Commissioner Jose Santiago, according to NBC Chicago.

Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said it was unclear how fast the train was traveling. Santiago said it was not immediately known if the train’s operator had a medical problem prior to the accident.


The accident occurred about 2:55 a.m. Central time, and the Chicago Fire Department asked for an EMS Plan 2 at the scene, which brings 10 ambulances and a handful of support vehicles, the Chicago Tribune reported.

“I thought it was just a hard stop at the train didn’t even slow down when it was coming in,” said a TSA worker who wished to not be identified, according to NBC Chicago. “It was chaos. … People were freaking out. Trying to figure out what happened. Trying to make sure everyone was okay.”

Of those injured, 12 were reported in fair condition at Resurrection Medical Center, where they were being treated for  bumps and bruises, NBC Chicago reported. Seven more people were taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital with reported neck and back pain, and Swedish Covenant Hospital received five.

A passenger train derailed and landed on an escalator at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, leaving 32 injured. (Reuters)


Lindsey Bever is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. Tweet her: @lindseybever



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