INTRODUCTION In the United States eleven people were killed and 200 injured when two crowded overhead commuter trains collided during the rush hour in the city of Chicago on Friday (4 February) night.
GV NIGHT SCENES crashed train carriages on bridge in Chicago, U.S.A.
SV dead and injured 24 passengers being moved on stretchers (4 shots)
GV Doctors and nurses working in emergency medical centre.
SV priest administering rites to dead bodies in morgue
GV rescue workers cutting through wreckage looking for bodies (3 shots)
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Background: INTRODUCTION In the United States eleven people were killed and 200 injured when two crowded overhead commuter trains collided during the rush hour in the city of Chicago on Friday (4 February) night.
SYNOPSIS: Two of the train's carriages plunged 20 feet (six metres) to the street below and two others were left dangling from the track above the city centre. It was Chicago's worst rail accident since 1972 and dozens of passengers were trapped in the twisted wreckage for some time before rescue workers could reach them. Others scrambled from the debris and ran into the snow-covered streets for help. After 224 people were injured in a crash in January last year, the authorities began improvements on the security of the railway network - both trains in Friday's crash were equipped with special safety systems.
As medical teams set to work helping the injured in emergency centres in bars, restaurants and stores, a Chicago Transit Authority spokesman said the cause of the crash was being investigated. One eyewitness said the carriages tumbled off the track like a toy train moving too fast.
In the confusion surrounding the accident, the Transit Authority originally reported 16 deaths, but the police said later that only eleven deaths had been confirmed.
The road junction below the railway line was jammed with pedestrians and vehicles when the crash occurred. Rescue workers using air bags tried to raise the two carriages to see if they had crushed any pedestrians as they fell.