More than 30 hurt when Blue Line train jumps platform at O’Hare

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A Blue Line train crashed into the landing platform at O’Hare International Airport this morning. (Handout photo)

More than 30 people were injured when a CTA Blue Line train ran into a platform at O’Hare International Airport and came to rest against an escalator this morning, officials said.

Six people were listed in fair-to-serious condition and 26 in good-to-fair condition, fire officials on the scene said. Nine of those people were transported to Resurrection Hospital, eight each went to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital, and seven went to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The operator of the train “was walking and talking as we were investigating,” Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said at a press conference at O’Hare.

The eight-car train jumped a bumper at the end of the line and ended up on an escalator around 2:50 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The train was wedged up to almost the top of the staircase commuters use when entering O’Hare from the Blue Line terminal there.

CTA spokesman Brian Steele told reporters that the train appeared to going faster than normal when entering the station. “We will be looking at everything — equipment, signals, the human factor,” Steele said.

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