TedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1152 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.
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6218 posts, RR: 9 Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1110 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)?
Daedaeg From United States of America, joined Feb 2003, 655 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1069 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.
CcrlR From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 2212 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1064 times:
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.
"He was right, it is a screaming metal deathtrap!"-Cosmo (from the Fairly Oddparents)
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6218 posts, RR: 9 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1037 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.