Grand Rapids-to-Chicago train hits freight
Nov 30,2007 00:00 by UPI
CHICAGO -- Amtrak's Pere Marquette traveling from Grand Rapids, Mich., slammed into the rear of a Norfolk Southern freight train on Chicago's South Side, Amtrak said.

The four-car train -- three passenger cars and one locomotive -- remained upright. The five Amtrak crew members aboard were seriously injured, Amtrak said. Many of the 187 passengers suffered minor cuts and bruises, WLS-TV, Chicago, reported.

The Amtrak's locomotive climbed up on the rear of the stopped freighter, partially crushing a trailer atop a flatbed, in a busy switching yard about 4 1/2 miles south of Chicago's downtown Union Station. The accident occurred about 11:30 a.m. CST.

The Red Cross was on the scene and the National Transportation Safety Board said it was assembling a team of investigators to send to the site.

Fifteen ambulances were dispatched to the scene and the Chicago Fire Department helped remove passengers from the train, many of them children.

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