CTA Blue Line Trains Collide: 2 Trains Crash, Injuries Reported At Harlem Stop In Forest Park

2 CTA Blue Line Trains Collide, Dozens Sent To Hospital

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Two CTA Blue Line trains collided Monday morning in west suburban Forest Park, Ill., injuring a number of people in a suspicious crash.

The trains collided just before 8 a.m. when one eastbound train hit another westbound train stopped at the Harlem station on the same track, according to Fox Chicago.

The eastbound train was a runaway, with no one aboard, that somehow departed a nearby rail yard, overriding a trip mechanism intended to prevent trains from moving without an operator aboard, ABC Chicago reports.

According to the AP, video from the scene has reportedly confirmed that no one was manning the runaway train. The video has been reportedly turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board for its investigation.

Forest Park Mayor Anthony Calderone initially said 48 people were taken to area hospitals after the crash, according to NBC Chicago, but corrected that number later Monday morning.

Calderone told NBC the scene of the collision is now being treated "as a crime scene ... until it's ruled otherwise" due to the bizarre circumstances of the incident.

(Read below for photos from the scene.)

The Chicago Sun-Times reports the CTA first said at least 11 people were injured in the crash and they later revised that number to 33 injured.

CTA officials previously told the Chicago Tribune none of the injuries were life-threatening, according to the agency.

This shot was posted to Instagram shortly after the collision:

Passenger Lyneisha Fields, 18, told the AP she was stopped at the Harlem stop on the train when "we hear like a big boom sound and everyone started flying out of their seats."

Meanwhile, Amalgamated Transit Union president Robert Kelly told NBC the crash is "baffling everybody."

Blue Line service was temporarily suspended between the Forest Park and Austin Avenue stops and shuttle buses were dispatched, according to NBC Chicago, but service has resumed to Forest Park as of 10 a.m. Trains are still not stopping at the Harlem station and the Harlem exits off the Eisenhower Expressway were also temporarily closed off. Service of trains heading into the Loop was not impacted.

The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.

This is a developing story.

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