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Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:05 am

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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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:09 am

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.
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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:14 am

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.
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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 4:17 am

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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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:00 am

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)?

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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 8:55 am

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

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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:27 am

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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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:36 am

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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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:10 am

At least this isn't as bad as 7 Angels...
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RE: Train Derailment In Chicago

Sun Sep 18, 2005 11:02 am

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.

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