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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 09-17-2005, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Metra derailed---Another?

Metra train derails

By Brendan McCarthy
Tribune staff reporter
Published September 17, 2005, 10:11 AM CDT

Emergency crews are on the scene of a Metra train that derailed at an elevated track near 47th and Wentworth on the South Side.

Rock Island District train No. 504 from Joliet was carrying about 100 people, said Tom Miller, a Metra spokesman.

There are an undetermined number of injuries, Miller said. Eight people were seen strapped to backboards and moved to emergency response vehicles.

About 15 ambulances and a Chicago Fire Department LifeFlight helicopter are at the scene, as well as personnel from Metra, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Chicago Police and Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Firefighters were raising a fire-truck ladder and a large metal stepladder to the elevated track. There is a 30-foot gap between two rail cars, and several broken windows. Sveral people from the train were sitting on the sidewalk.

The train was scheduled to arrive at Chicago's LaSalle Street Station at 8:45 a.m. It derailed at about 8:20 a.m., Miller said.

All Metra Rock Island service was disrupted, including enroute trains 505 & 506. The commuter rail agency advised commuters on the line to seek alternate transportation.

Details will be posted as they are confirmed
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damn. I hope no one lost their lives....

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