Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – A Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line train derailed and jumped the tracks at the O’Hare International Airport causing its front car to end up in an escalator adjacent to the passenger platform early Monday.
Thirty-two people suffered non-life threatening injuries in the accident, Chicago fire officials said. All of them were treated at four hospitals and discharged by Monday afternoon.
The injured were from 38 to 72 years old and complained of headaches, neck pain, whiplash and knee injuries from being thrown around the train cars, said Douglas Propp, an emergency room doctor at Lutheran General.
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigators are examining the accident site and video from station cameras to find clues on what caused the mishap, NTSB investigator Tim DePaepe said. They are also waiting for the train operator to be released from a hospital for questioning to determine the cause of the 2:52 a.m. mishap.
The Blue Line service to the airport is temporarily stopped as the train car on the escalator will not be removed until investigators complete their job. But trains continue to run between Forest Park and Rosemont, where passengers then take a shuttle to the airport.
The CTA Blue Line provides 24-hour rapid transit train service between Chicago-O’Hare International Airport and the Forest Park terminal, via downtown Chicago.