A Chicago Transit Authority train struck a plow on the tracks on Chicago’s North Side on Thursday morning, injuring dozens of people, according to the authorities.
Keith Gray, an assistant deputy chief paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department, stated at a news conference on Thursday afternoon that twenty-three patients with head injuries and other non-life-threatening injuries were taken to hospitals in statuses ranging from serious to fair.
According to Chief Gray, fifteen more people were hurt but declined to be taken to hospitals. He claimed that seven of the injured were workers for the Chicago Transit Authority.
A Yellow Line train was reported to have “made contact” with rail equipment at the Howard Rail Yard at approximately 10:39 a.m., according to an email statement from the transit authority.
At the press conference, Robert Jurewicz, district chief of the Chicago Fire Department, stated that the train was heading south from Skokie, Illinois when it impacted a plow on the track.
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Service on the Red, Purple, and Yellow lines, which converge at the Howard Street station, has been suspended while the Fire Department conducts operations, according to the transit authority. Television news video showed emergency room personnel tending to patients and assisting some of them into ambulances.
[Service Suspended] Service on the Yellow and Purple Lines have been temporarily suspended due to fire department activity More: https://t.co/eIhsvaC8w7
— CTA service alerts (@ctaalert) November 16, 2023
As to the transit authority, the Yellow and Purple lines’ service was still suspended on Thursday afternoon. The authorities announced that although there have been notable delays, service has resumed on the Red Line.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker responded on the Twitter platform, stating that,
“My administration is closely monitoring the train derailment on the North Side and will direct any available resources needed. Thank you to the CFD firefighters and first responders on the scene.”
Terrible news out of Chicago this afternoon.
My administration is closely monitoring the train derailment on the North Side and will direct any available resources needed. Thank you to the CFD firefighters and first responders on the scene. https://t.co/mbB1fYW251
— Governor JB Pritzker (@GovPritzker) November 16, 2023
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