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Commuter Train Derails in Chicago

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Published on May 28, 2008

PlusCommuter Train Derails in ChicagoCommuter Train Derails in ChicagoThe Associated PressAt least two cars of the four-car Green Line train went off the tracks in Chicago at a junction between two lines on the elevated tracks. (May 28)Il train accident olv ap 20080528(cover bytes with scene video of accident) Willie Jackson/train passenger "It sounded like boom, boom, boom." Alexis Hill/heard accident "I just heard a big boom like a crash." (video of train accident) CHICAGO COMMUTERS ARE SHAKEN AGAIN AS ANOTHER ELEVATED TRAIN DERAILS.(video of Willie Jackson looking at accident) WILLIE JACKSON WAS ON THE SECOND OF 4 CARS HEADED SOUTHBOUND ON THE GREEN LINE WHEN THE DERAILMENT HAPPENED. Willie Jackson/train passenger"Everybody was screaming and hollarin' you know. You know everybody was hollarin' and prayin' for god, including I was you know." (video of Jackson and train ax) JACKSON SUFFERED NO INJURIES BUT HE'S PLENTY SHAKEN UP. WHEN THE CAR TWISTED OFF THE TRACKS HE JUST GRABBED HOLD OF THE NEAREST POLE AND HELD ON TIGHT Willie Jackson/train passenger"If the train would have fell off the edge and onto the ground. We all probably would have been dead at least hurt real bad." (video of ambulance driving away)MORE THAN A DOZEN PASSENGERS WERE TAKEN TO HOSPITALS IN GOOD TO FAIR CONDITIONS. CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY OFFICIALS SAY ABOUT TWO DOZEN PEOPLE WERE RIDING THE TRAIN AT THE TIME.(video of Alexis Hill) ALEXIS HILL LIVES RIGHT NEXT TO THE TRACKS AND WAS STUNNED BY THE NOISE. Alexis Hill/heard accident"I heard the people on the train screaming. They was in shock." (video of accident) THIS DERAILMENT IS JUST THE LATEST PROBLEM FOR THE CITY'S DETERIORATING CENTURY-OLD TRAIN SYSTEM.(file video of July 2006 accident scene) IN JULY 2006 MORE THAN 150 PEOPLE WERE INJURED IN A DERAILMENT. AND LAST YEAR THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD ISSUED A REPORT SAYING THE CTA HAD A SERIOUSLY FLAWED INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. MARK CARLSON, AP, CHICAGO. ___ ___, The Associated Press.

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