More than 370 people were injured on Friday (9 January) when a fast commuter train in the U.
More than 370 people were injured on Friday (9 January) when a fast commuter train in the U.S. city of Chicago ran into a stationary train on an elevated railway line.
More than half of the 600 passengers in the two trains, including schoolchildren, were hurt. Two people were seriously injured and about 60 people were detained in hospital. Most of the injured were treated and then released.
Some 10 passengers were trapped in the wreckage for about two hours while firemen struggled to cut through the metal carriages. Two of the rear cars in the stationary train were telescoped and most of the injured were in these carriages.
The crash caused giant traffic jams during the morning rush hour as fire engines blocked roads and vehicles were stopped to let ambulances through.
The crash occurred on the Kennedy Rapid Transit line which was opened in 1970. Preliminary investigations have shown that the train was being operated manually after electronic devices failed in spite of a fail-safe system, designed to control speed and spacing of trains.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States city of Chicago more than three hundred and seventy people were injured on Friday in a crash involving two commuter trains. The accident occurred when a fast commuter train ran into a stationary one on the elevate Kennedy Rapid Transit line. Firemen worked for may hours to free passengers trapped in the wreckage.
Preliminary investigations have shown that the train was being operated manually at the time of the accident. Electronic devices apparently failed in spite of a fail-safe system, designed to control speed and spacing of trains. There were some six hundred passengers in the two trains. Most of those injured, including many school children, were in the rear cars of the stationary train.
Sixty people were detained in hospital, two seriously injured. A similar train crash occurred in Chicago less than two years ago when more than two hundred people were injured.