(Chicago, Illinois – June 6, 2019)
Seven of 30 passengers aboard a southbound Chicago Transit Authority elevated train were rushed to area hospitals after the CTA train they were on derailed in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood late Thursday morning about 11:00 AM, CDT
Fire, police and CTA emergency responders rushed to the scene and, since the derailment did not occur near a station, had to evacuate both the injured and non-injured via a system of ladders. The injured were complaining of neck and back injuries as they were removed from the scene.
The derailment, for which no official cause was offered, shut down the Green Line portion of the overhead rail system for at least five hours. The shutdown created a ripple effect on the rest of the city’s massive commuter rail system.
CTA sources admitted there was some rail maintenance work being conducted in the vicinity of the Calumet/47th Street wreck site, but would not or could not attribute any role in the derailment to the work.
According to one news media count, the accident was the 11th serious crash on the CTA since 2006. However, a second media source counted it as the 27th accident on CTA rails in the past 10 years.