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Chicago Train Wreck

November 30th, 2007 Posted in Breaking News

Details are not clear as to why an Amtrak passenger train plowed into the rear of a freight train in south Chicago on Friday.? The Amtrak was traveling 15 to 20 miles per hour when it approached the station and ran into the back of the freight train.? The engine of the Amtrak train climbed over the rear boxcar of the freight train and came to rest on top of it seriously injuring five Amtrak employees that were in the engine.? Most of the 187 passengers in the three double-decker passenger cars walked away and local authorities said none of the passengers appeared to have suffered serious injuries but were being checked by medical personnel.

According to Amtrak spokesman Derrick James? there were 187 passengers and six crew members aboard the Amtrak train, which was en route from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Chicago.

The freight train was a Norfolk Southern train en route from Elizabeth, N.J., to Chicago, according to company spokesman Rudy Husband. He said neither of the two workers on board were injured, and he had no details about what caused the accident or who was at fault.? The Amtrak train shares the track with Norfolk Southern which owns the track.

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