Skip to comments.Chicago Train Derailment (Update: 1 death reported)
Posted on 09/17/2005 8:15:39 AM PDT by George from New England
Just heard the headline at 11 AM Eastern Time
(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...
Has anyone criticized Bush yet for not being on site to help coordinate the rescue effort with the local officials?
It was his fault the levees broke, so he's probably not kept up the maintenance of the train tracks as well. (end/sarcasm)
Dozens of emergency vehicles and a life-flight helicopter were at the scene of the derailment. It took place around 8:36 a.m. near 47th St. and Wentworth Avenues, police spokeswoman Laura Kubiak said.
Bush at it again!
I guess Rove had explosives left over from the levee job to destroy the train tracks.
>>(CBS) CHICAGO A helicopter landing zone has been set-up for emergency medical airlifts after a major Metra train derailment this morning at 8:36 near 46th and LaSalle by the Dan Ryan Expressway. Reports indicate that part of the 47th Street viaduct collapsed.<<
Damn you, George Bush!
Will they get free homes, too?
At least 20 ambulances, 12 fire trucks, and about 10 police squad cars responded to the scene of the accident, which authorities said happened at 8:36 a.m.
The first two cars of train No. 504 could be seen sitting about a 100 feet away from the rest of the train, tilted off the track.
CNN confirmed the death through the Cook County Medical Examiner.
Early reports said at least six people were taken on stretchers to ambulances waiting on the tracks. Some passengers were being treated on the scene. No information was immediately available on which hospital the injured were being taken to.
Passengers could be seen sitting on the side of the train next to the tracks. Cement appeared to have crumbled off the bridge at 47th and Federal Streets, where the train was stopped. Streets in the area were blocked in both directions.
Police officials are scheduled to speak with news media within the hour, according to a police lieutenant on the scene.
No further details were immediately available.
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The Fox News alert I heard had 75 injured, but news stories I am reading say 6 injured... it may just be that 6 were taken away on stretchers?
Praying for them.
The first two cars of train No. 504 could be seen sitting about a 100 feet away from the rest of the train.
They were tilted off the track.
At least 20 ambulances, 12 fire trucks, and about 10 police squad cars were on the scene at about 9:15 a.m.
Some passengers were being treated on the scene. No information was immediately available on which hospital the injured were being taken to.
Passengers could be seen sitting on the side of the train next to the tracks.
Stephanie Smith, who was sitting in the second car in the upper tier, said she heard brakes screeching, then the train came to a halt.
"I just went flying into the safety seat bar and fell to the ground," said Smith, a master's student at DePaul University, told the newspaper. "We were skidding out of control. Weaving back and forth. People were weeping and screaming."
Cement appeared to have crumbled off the bridge at 47th and Federal Streets, where the train was stopped.
Firefighters were raising ladders to the elevated track. There was a 30-foot gap between two rail cars, and several broken windows.
I wondered that also - now Updates say firefighters are raising ladders to the tracks - to bring the injured down.
I've ridden Heritage Corridor Metra trains to Joliet. Bumpy, swaying ride (to the point that it was difficult to read the paper). I always wondered.
I was wondering out in the middle of no-where if they had one set up to drive the tracks like the train trucks.