ABC 7 in Chicago is reporting that an earlier train collision that sent 33 people to the hospital, could have resulted in a train being hijacked. Two trains collided near the intersection of Harlem Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway at approxamately 8:00AM this morning. None of the injuries are thought to be life threatening.
It is not clear why the trains were on the same track, but one of the trains was empty with do operator on board. The active train was stopped at the Harlem Station at the time of impact and suspicions were aroused when the unmanned train only contained four cars which is much shorter than are used during rush hour. Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone confirmed to CBS Chicago that the train causing the collision, was indeed unmanned.
A locomotive engineer, who witnessed the wreck said that it appeared that the train had blown through a signal and that he had heard a beeping, which means there is an obstruction on the tracks up ahead.
"When you hear those beepings it's warning you that there is an obstruction in front of you and you need to stop."
Train service between Forest Park and Austin has been suspended and shuttle buses have been set up to transport passengers to their destinations.