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User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1378 times:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/US/09/17/train.derailment.ap/index.html

bad day for Chicago -- city known for train "hub"


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User currently offlineBR715-A1-30 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Any word on what caused the derailment? We get the Metra here in Kenosha. I have never been on it, but I at least wanna know if this was a problem with the tracks or the train.

User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Quoting BR715-A1-30 (Reply 1):
Any word on what caused the derailment? We get the Metra here in Kenosha. I have never been on it, but I at least wanna know if this was a problem with the tracks or the train.

WAY to early to tell.

Looked like a great day to be heading into the city for some fun too, thank goodness it doesn't appear that any fatalities were involved.


User currently offlinePlanespotting From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1348 times:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/l...,1,3764168.story?coll=chi-news-hed

read the trib article, at least one person killed, several more taken to the hospital. If you're in the area it affects the Rock Island District Joliet - LaSalle St. station.

I've ridden the metra a lot, and on the weekends it's a $5 all you can ride ticket, quite a deal. Hopefully the fatalities will stay at one and the other injuries won't be too severe.



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User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6321 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1316 times:

If anything, it's thankful that the train was so early, in that on a Saturday going into the city there were only 75 - 100 people. If it had been later in the day, god knows how much worse it could have been. God bless the family of the deceased.

I was born and raised in Chicago (but am in Kansas for school), and grew up on and around Metra trains. I mean, as a kid, trains are great, but any train that can get you from home to downtown in less than an hour...it was the lifeline! I used to ride it constantly, I'd say at least twice a week. Sad to see this happen, but unfortunately not totally unexpected. Was it last summer when Metra had 3 or 4 major problems (including at least one derailment - the one where a rookie driver was going way too fast in a construction zone)?

[Edited 2005-09-18 00:01:25]

User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1284 times:

as a northern suburb resident of Chicago... Metra beats the CTA hands down. Yeah you pay a little bit more but yet its more cleaner. I love taking the free trolley to Michigan Ave.

btw. this story made news in The Netherlands: (Dutch only) http://www.telegraaf.nl/buitenland/2.../Een_dode_bij_treinongeluk_VS.html

Leo



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User currently offlineDaedaeg From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1275 times:

I use to ride this very train all the time from Beverly to downtown when I use to live in Chicago. Too bad this had to happen. There is a lot of construction being done on those tracks at that location. This is the second major incident in the last year the Rock Island line has had.


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User currently offlineCcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2235 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1270 times:
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I live near the tracks(affected area), but I didn't hear anything until when the power flickered on and off for a second and I was out when I heard about it. I saw helicopters and some police cars near the area. I saw the train and it looks bad. They are using cranes to move the engine and some of the cars and the news media is still there. I usually ride this to Joliet sometimes and they are fast down this area but this is the second accident in this area in two years.


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 1260 times:

At least this isn't as bad as 7 Angels...

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6321 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (8 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1243 times:

Watching Chicago news right now

Seems a second woman has died in the hospital

Up to 80 are injured, including 16 in critical.

Seems the initial counts of 75 - 100 passengers was low, now they're saying many more passengers were onboard. Still, im sure much less people than would be involved in a weekday rush hour train, if there are any good things to come out of this.

[Edited 2005-09-18 04:03:23]

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