Skip to comments.Amtrak Passenger Train and Freight Train Collide in Chicago
Posted on 11/30/2007 10:02:58 AM PST by Pyro7480
Breaking news: Amtrak passenger train and a freight train collide on Chicago's South Side.
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Two trains crashed on the city's South Side late Friday morning, leaving an Amtrak locomotive lying on top of a freight car. The Amtrak cars did not derail, but the locomotive of the Amtrak train was severely damaged at 48th Street and Shields Avenue. Information about injuries and other details were not immediately available.
Oh no! Prayers for all involved, possible victims and rescue teams!
praying it’s not as bad as it sounds
Bush’s fault for underfunding train safety apparatus.
I hope that the results are as positive as this terrific movie. Always had a crush on Jill Clayburg.
Serious injuries are reported in a crash on the city’s South Side involving an Amtrak train and a freight train.
The Amtrak trail struck the rear of the parked freight train around 11:32 a.m. at 48th Street and Shields Avenue, Fire Department spokeswoman Eve Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez said there are about 150 passengers on board and confirmed a report that a conductor is pinned inside.
They are freeing passengers now.100 wounded,5 serious.MSNBC
Prayers for the folks’ safety.
Conductor has been freed as of 5 minutes ago.MSNBC
Not to make light of any injuries but I did work with a railroad once.
Trust me there will be more injured people than the number of passengers on both trains.
Some were still sleeping when this was announced and as I type they are frantically trying to get to the crash sight and stake their injury claim.
I know what I speak of.
Too early, or has anyone reported a cause for this horrible event?
They’ll get there faster than the ambulances with trial attorneys in the driver’s seat.
should be easy enough to prove if someone was on a train or not
go to maps at google and type in Shields Ave. Chicago IL.
When you get to the map find 47th st.; big railroad
switching area west of I-90/I-94 (the Dan Ryan)
Okay, I am spooked. I had a very vivid dream last night about a train crash...so vivid I had trouble getting back to sleep!
they keep updating the CBS link:
Around noon, rescue crews were carrying out a person who was likely the conductor that was pinned in, Kris Habermehl reported from Chopper 2.
“So far nobody is being taken on stretcher. That’s a good sign,” Langford said. “It looks like everybody is walking.”
The engine of the Amtrak train was resting on top of the last car of the freight train. The Amtrak had three double-decker passenger cars, Langford said.
Firefighters carried several children from the accident.
Billions for the Iraq war but nothing for choo choos.
Sure that would be easy enough. What you will not be able to prove is was the “injured” just standing close and “hurt” themselves getting away from the colliding trains.
That movie gave us a chuckle when it was released. It began with the train leaving Toronto and ended with it arriving in Toronto going the same direction- until then we never realized that there were rail lines that circumnavigated the globe.
That means it’s probably the ST. Louis Run
The Amtrak train, No. 371 from Grand Rapids, Mich
The last time I took that train north to chi Town,I think we were in town way before 11:30
NOTE FROM 2005 - Two Dead, Dozens Injured, Some Critically, In South Side Accident
(AP) A commuter train derailed Saturday on Chicago's South Side, killing at least two people and injuring more than 80, some of them critically.
The double-decker Metra train was traveling from Joliet to Chicago when the locomotive and its five cars jumped the tracks about 5 miles south of downtown, authorities said.
An important task is keeping the boys in da ‘hood from robbing the dead and dying....
The air likely is full of medevac choppers at this time....
And the lawyers no doubt have descended on the scene, the receiving hospitals, and the neighboring bars, pool halls, and street corners....
NOTE FROM SEPT 2007: 12 Railroad Spikes Found Missing On South Side's Electric Line
CHICAGO (CBS) ― The FBI believes a case of sabatoge that could have caused a train derailment was averted by alert Metra workers, who discovered a dozen railroad spikes missing in an area on the city's South Side.
The spikes hold down metal plates that bind the rails to wooden ties.
Actually, he’s probably at AmTrak headquarters already and is shaking down the board of directors...
The train collided with a freight train traveling on the same track, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said.
About 100 of the 150 passengers were “walking wounded,” he said, injured when the train came to a sudden stop. Medical personnel was examining them.
The Amtrak No. 371 train was coming from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Video showed the Amtrak train on top of one of the freight train’s cars.
mtrak spokesman Cliff Black said Amtrak did not yet know the severity of the accident. Amtrak officials from Midwest Operations were en route to the scene.
Black said the train is known as “The Pere Marquette” and is a daily train that travels from Grand Rapids to Chicago.
Why do they use the same tracks?
Geeze, sabotage found on S. Side tracks a couple of months back....wonder if that was the case here, or if that info would be released if it were the case.
My husband rode the commuter trains for 18 years. The afternoon commutes on all lines may be disrupted some, obviously the south line substantially.
Prayers for the victims.
Obviously they weren’t supposed to. They were traveling through a freight yard so speed should have been at slow yard limit unless they were on a faster bypass track. So the cause is one of four reasons — the engineer was speeding and could not stop in time, he ran a red signal, a signal malfunctioned, or the dispatcher routed him to a track already occupied. We will know soon enough as the modern engines have data recorders.
I went to CNN and found this
Hostages held at Clinton ‘08 office in New Hampshire
The commuter trains and freight trains use the same tracks all the time around here. It's very profitable for the railroads. If they had to build separate tracks, we'd all drive because they'd never get built.
“Okay, I am spooked. I had a very vivid dream last night about a train crash...so vivid I had trouble getting back to sleep!”
Relax.....it’s ok. But please let us know when you dream of a cometary impact.
Not in Chicago, you cannot.
Amtrak and freight trains share tracks. Amtrak actually owns only a pittance of track, mostly in the northeast and some in various other areas (e.g., most of the track Amtrak uses in lower Michigan is owned by them).
Sorry, but this story isn’t important.
Now the hostage siege at Hillary’s campaign HQ in NH IS important enough to be covered wall to wall on FNC.
oh no I have 2 brother n laws who work for amtrak that go that route
Why? Wasn't that just Bill looking for attention?
I can't tell you where they shot the movie, but the story line was that the trip started in Los Angeles and ended up in Chicago. Watch it again.
The US is short rail tracks like you wouldn’t believe.
That was SUCH a good movie.
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