CHICAGO, IL – A Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train crashed into a plow on the tracks on Thursday morning. The collision left 38 people injured in total. According to the authorities, the dangerous incident took place on the city’s North Side.
Keith Gray, an assistant deputy chief paramedic with the Chicago Fire Department, reported that 23 individuals were taken to nearby hospitals for medical intervention. Their conditions ranged from serious to fair. Among the spectrum of their injuries, the wounds the hospitalized victims sustained primarily involved the head and other non-life-threatening categories.
An additional 15 people were injured in the train crash, but they each declined transportation to hospitals. Among the total number of people injured, seven of them were CTA employees.
The CTA noted that the Yellow Line train collided with rail equipment at the Howard Rail Yard around 10:39 a.m. The train was en route from Skokie, Illinois, southbound when it hit a plow on the track, as reported by Robert Jurewicz, a district chief with the Chicago Fire Department.
The interruption of the Red, Purple, and Yellow lines following the crash caused delays. While the Red Line has since resumed services, the Yellow and Purple lines remain inactive.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker expressed concerns over the “terrible news out of Chicago,” confirming his administration’s close monitor of the incident and readiness to render necessary resources to those who were affected.
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