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Train derails, 32 injured

A commuter train car lies halfway up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport station after derailing and hitting a platform early Monday, March 24. Thirty people were hurt, according to Chicago police
A commuter train car lies halfway up an escalator at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport station after derailing and hitting a platform early Monday, March 24. Thirty people were hurt, according to Chicago police
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Thirty-two people were injured early Monday morning when a commuter train derailed at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport reported CNN on March 24, 2014.

The Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line jumped the tracks after it hit a platform and came to rest on an escalator and a set of stairs.

Chicago police state that 32 people were injured as a result of the incident and transported to local hospitals.

Dr. Douglas Propp of Lutheran General Hospital stated that all injuries were non-life-threatening.

"As you might expect, someone who has been in a train accident is worried about the worst," Propp said.

"You can imagine, people early in the morning, not expecting anything like this to happen, would be bothered by it. They came here, we reassured them. We evaluated them. Obviously, the clinical people put their minds at ease. And also, pastoral care is here to meet their needs."

Larry Langford, Chicago Fire Department spokesman, stated that there was potential for lost lives.

"Fortunately nobody was on the staircase," he said. "Anybody on the staircase probably would have been killed.”

The exact cause of the accident is unknown, but speed may have been a factor. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.