Breaking: five seriously injured in Amtrak crash

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5 seriously injured in Amtrak crash —

Five Amtrak employees were reported seriously injured and about 100 passengers were slightly hurt when a passenger train was involved in an accident with a freight train this morning on Chicago’s South Side.
Footage from the accident site showed the front of an Amtrak propped up above a freight train in a railyard near the 5200 block of South Shields Avenue. Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said five Amtrak staff members were reported in serious to critical condition, including two that had to be cut from the front engine car, which was the only car that derailed around 11:30 a.m.
The train — Amtrak’s No. 371 train, also known as the Pere Marquette — was scheduled to leave Grand Rapids, Mich., at 7:35 a.m. and arrive at Union Station at 10:30 a.m., according to railroad sources.

Video still from Chicago Tribune.


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