UPDATE: Commuter train derails at O'Hare Airport, injures 32 - WREX.com – Rockford’s News Leader

UPDATE: Driver of derailed commuter train "extremely tired"

Posted: Updated:

Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly said the driver of the commuter train that derailed at O'Hare early Monday morning told him she was "extremely tired" from recently working a lot of overtime.

Kelly said there were indications the driver dozed off before the Blue Line train jumped the tracks, skidding across a platform, and scaling an escalator leading to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport.

The train's operator is still hospitalized. Thirty-two people were hurt, but no one suffered life-threatening injuries.


Advocate Lutheran General Hospital stated it treated seven passengers of the derailed CTA car for minor "whiplash-type" injuries.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said most patients were released by 8:30 a.m., with the rest expected to be released later on Monday.


According to Chicago Police a commuter train has derailed early this morning at O'Hare International Airport, injuring 30 people on board. According to Chicago Police Spokesman Ron Gaines, the train derailed around 2:50 a.m. as it was coming into the O'Hare station. Gaines believes that none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

The cause of the train derailment is not known yet. According to Chicago Transit Authority spokeswoman Lambrini Lukidis the rail service has been suspended in that area and buses are being used to get passengers to and from the airport.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WREX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Trista Truesdale at (815) 335-7856. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.