Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

'Unmanned' commuter train crashes in Chicago

Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Forest Park, Ill. The crash happened when a westbound train stopped at the CTA Blue Line Harlem station, and was struck by an eastbound train on the same track. The CTA is investigating the cause of the crash, including why the trains were on the same track. A CTA official said 33 people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Photo by M. Spencer Green
Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed at the CTA Blue Line Harlem station

A commuter train is likely to have been unmanned when it crashed into another train outside Chicago during Monday's morning rush hour, officials said.

Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis said video from the scene shows no driver at the controls of an empty train that crashed into another train carrying passengers.

As many as four dozen people were hurt, although officials said none of the injuries were life threatening.

Ms Lukidis said the video has been turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board, which is investigating.

The empty train was eastbound when it hit a westbound train that had stopped at the Blue Line's Harlem station in Forest Park. The CTA said the station handles around 4,000 passengers each weekday.

Forest Park is about 10 miles west of central Chicago.

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