Semi Truck Crashes Into Cermak/Chinatown CTA Station 2 Woman Dead, 19 Injured, 10 in Critical Condition
Update 10:45 pm – Service on the Red Line was fully restored less than three hours after the accident, said CTA spokeswoman Catherine Hosinski.
Engineers determined there was no structural damage to the overhead station, but the stairs sustained “very significant damage,” said CTA President Ron Huberman. Trains on the Red Line, which runs to the city’s far South Side from downtown, will not stop at the station until further notice, he said.
Update 9:41 pm – Associated Press Video added
Update 9:24 pm – Local Hospital reports 10 people in Critical Condition
Update 9:08 pm- Two killed, at least 21 injured after truck crashes into CTA Red Line station in Chinatown
With a loud screech and an enormous collision, a semitrailer truck ran into a CTA Red Line elevated train station near Chinatown shortly before 6 p.m. Friday, killing two people, injuring at least 21 more, and snarling evening rush-hour traffic between downtown and the South Side.
The truck appeared to be coming off the northbound Dan Ryan Expressway exit ramp when it wedged beneath the Red Line train platform on a busy intersection across from the red pagodas that form the gates to Chinatown.
As the truck crashed under the CTA overpass, it pushed “several steps” up the escalator that leads to the train platform above, said Sohail Malik, an attendant in a parking lot across from the exit ramp. Blood and shattered glass littered the sidewalk behind it.
The sound was so loud, Michael McClure was sure an “L” train had derailed. When Malik wheeled around in the parking lot booth a few feet away from him, he saw the truck, people running and smoke pouring off the truck. A CTA security guard, with blood on her face and arm, walked away leading a dog.
The truck driver, a 51-year-old man, and three other people—a 26-year-old woman, a 14-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl—were all at Stroger Hospital in stable condition, according to hospital spokesman Sean Howard.
He said all the victims suffered “multiple blunt trauma,” but their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
Howard said the 26-year-old woman might be admitted to the hospital overnight, and it’s possible the truck driver and the teens could be released.
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Update 7:46 pm ET –
At least two people are dead and 19 others injured, including two children, after a semi truck crashed into the north stairwell at the Cermak/Chinatown CTA station on the Near South Side during rush hour Friday evening.
Spokesman Larry Langford says the two dead were women who apparently were pedestrians walking near the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station on the city’s South Side.
Langford says seven people are critically injured, and it appears about a dozen other people could be injured.
Witnesses say the truck didn’t appear to slow down before it plowed into the station.
Chicago police say the accident happened about 5:20 p.m
Two people are reportedly dead and several others have been injured, including at least two children, after a semi truck crashed into a CTA station Friday evening on the Near South Side. Red Line service has also been interrupted.
A semi truck crashed into the north stairwell at the Cermak/Chinatown station at 138 W. Cermak Rd., CTA spokeswoman Sheila Gregory said. The accident occurred about 5:20 p.m., according to police News Affairs Officer JoAnn Taylor.
Fifteen ambulances were called to the scene for an EMS Plan III, according to Fire Media Affairs spokesman Richard Rosado.
At least two people have been killed in the accident, while seven others have been seriously injured and at least 10 others sustained injuries, according to Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford.
Rosado said “a lot of injuries” have been reported, but he was only able to confirm that two children have been taken in serious to critical condition to the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office had not been notified of any fatalities as of 6:20 p.m.
Dispatch reports said the semi was leaking diesel fuel at the scene, but that could not be confirmed.
Gregory said she did not believe the tracks were affected.
Red Line service has been interrupted between the Grand Avenue and Sox/35th stations. Northbound trains are turning at 35th back towards 95th Street. Southbound trains are turning back towards Howard at Grand. Commuters should use Green and Brown line trains or the No. 29 State bus, according to the CTA.
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