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article imageTrains Collide in Chicago

By Michael Billy     Nov 30, 2007 in Travel
Early Friday an Amtrak train, carrying approximately 150 passengers, collided with a freight train in Chicago's South Side. The train was traveling between 15 and 20 miles per hour.
Five Amtrak Employees are listed in serious to critical condition. They were in the engine car, which ended up on top of the freight train, at the time of the collision.
A conductor was pinned in the engine compartment, but emergency workers were eventually able to free him.
CBC News reports:
The crash forced the passenger train's engine on top of a freight train car, but the double-decker passenger coaches appeared to still be upright and on the tracks.
Live television footage showed emergency officials helping passengers and crew members walk off the trains, though several people were carried away in stretchers.
None of the passengers obtained serious injuries, though nearly 100 were treated for minor bumps and bruises.
The train was coming from Grand Rapids, Michigan on its way to Chicago.
The accident has caused no delays for other Amtrak riders, according to Amtrak officials.
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