An elevated train crashed in Chicago this morning near the Harlem station in the suburb of Forest Park. The accident happened at about 7:45 this morning.
Another bird’s eye view of the CTA Blue Line crash via @WGNNews helicopter – pic.twitter.com/S1LbewMLcI
— Suntimes (@Suntimes) September 30, 2013
The Chicago Train crash involved two CTA blue line trains. A train heading toward downtown Chicago crashed into another train that was standing at the Harlem station.
Injuries have been reported after a train collision in Chicago https://t.co/ZIzCz66grj (h/t @NBCChicago) pic.twitter.com/s6L8WQSVTJ — BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) September 30, 2013
It is unclear how many people were injured in the crash. The CTA initially reported that 11 people had been injured in the crash but the mayor of Forest Park said that the number was closer to 50. None of the injuries are believed to be serious.
Photos from this morning’s CTA Blue Line crash https://t.co/wNhIIcaSQ2 pic.twitter.com/jW8Y4iMGVR — Chicago Tribune (@chicagotribune) September 30, 2013
Service was temporarily halted but the CTA said that the trains should be back and running later this morning.
We are preparing to restore Blue Line train service to Forest Park. Update to follow.
— cta (@cta) September 30, 2013
The cause of the train crash is not known but CBS speculates that the blue line train may have been hijacked. Why? The evidence is pretty slim at the moment but the news station notes that the train that crashed into the standing train at Harlem only had four cars. The train was also driving on the wrong side of the tracks.
That does seem a little suspicious but there’s no real evidence that the train was hijacked.
Ain’t nobody hijack no train. The trains ran into each other. Where do y’all get this stuff?
— The Anointed One (@ChiefFro) September 30, 2013
The CTA will be there if you try to jump the turnstile, but if you hijack an entire train they’re nowhere to be found. Ok ok
— imani (@wholelottaMANI) September 30, 2013
okay blue line update: train collision not hijack #rumorsflying
— Em!ly (@ewaas93) September 30, 2013