At around 2:50 am, a CTA train crashed at the O’hare station and made its way to the escalators. While no one was severely injured and died, dozens of people have been injured.
While the cause of accident is still being investigated, the service at Blue line connecting O’Hare International Airport remains disrupted. The service between Forest Park and Rosemont has not been affected with it and passengers can use it to go to the airport.
CTA spokesperson said that the restoration of the services would be done in about 24 hours. The entire coaches will be cut down to get the train removed from the escalators. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said, “We still don’t know, Earlier (an engineer) said 12 to 24 hours before service restoration. It very possibly could be longer than that.”
One of the passenger Denise Adams said,“I heard a boom and when I got off the train, the train was all the way up the escalator. It’s a wreck, It was a lot of panic because it was hard to get people off the train.”
Officials said that the train was travelling at a high speed, and the operator, who also had some minor injuries in her legs, has been sent for drug and alcohol tests. Steele said, “We don’t know yet what led to this incident, We will be looking at everything — equipment, signals, the human factor, any extenuating circumstances.”
Admitting the casualties in four different hospitals, officials said, while out of thirty people, 26 had some minor injuries including bruises, six are having some serious injuries which are not life threatening.
They said, ” Nine were transported to Resurrection Hospital, eight each went to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital, and seven went to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.”
While Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) investigators along with the city fire department investigates, the service might get disrupted for few more hours.