Amtrak, Norfolk Southern Trains Collide in Chicago

CHICAGO — An Amtrak train collided with a Norfolk Southern freight train this afternoon, seriously injuring five people, officials said.

The Pere Marquette was traveling from Grand Rapids, Mich., to Chicago when it struck the freight train in south Chicago at about 11:30 a.m. local time. The Amtrak train’s locomotive derailed, while the rest of the train remained upright and on the rails.

The Amtrak train had one engine and three cars.

At the time of the derailment, there were 187 passengers and six crew members on board the train. Thirty injuries were reported, including five serious injuries to Amtrak crew members.

Following the derailment, uninjured passengers and their belongings were bussed to their destination.

— News Wire