A CTA Blue Line train has derailed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport early Monday morning. According to The Chicago Tribune on March 24, at least thirty people are said to be injured, all of them non-life threatening.
Just before 3:00 a.m. EST on Monday, the eight-car train jumped the platform after it hit a bumper post, then crashed straight up an escalator. There were about 50 people on board the train at the time. All injured passengers are said to be listed in fair to good condition after they were taken to local hospitals. The train's operator appeared to be okay as he was seen walking around and talking, according to Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago.
Authorities said that the transit train seemed to be going at a high rate of speed that was higher than normal, which may have been a factor in the accident. However, the investigation into what caused the derailment is under investigation.
The Chicago Transit Authority has been using their Twitter account to keep everyone informed on what is going on and how to get others to their destination during the cleanup.
“Blue Line service continues to be suspended between O'Hare and Rosemont due to a derailment. Bus shuttles are available thru affected area,” the CTA wrote.
They are keeping everyone informed throughout the day on when all service will be restored.