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.
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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.