Amtrak train smashes freighter in Chicago
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Amtrak train 371, the Pere Marquette, started in Grand Rapids, Michigan and carried 193 people on board including six crew members. The train was in south Chicago heading towards its destination of Chicago Union Station when the crash occurred around 17:30 UTC. No injuries were reported among the crew of the Norfolk Southern freight train. Amtrak's locomotive, a GE Genesis, was derailed by the force of the impact, although the rest of the passenger train remained on the tracks.
All Amtrak trains between Chicago and Michigan are currently cancelled while workers remove the locomotive from the scene and perform any needed repairs. A National Transportation Safety Board "Go Team" led by Ted Turpin was dispatched to the scene to conduct a federal investigation into the crash.
- Press Release: "Amtrak Train Strikes Norfolk Southern Freight Near Chicago" — Amtrak, November 30, 2007
- Press Release: "NTSB sending team to investigate Amtrak collision in Chicago" — National Transportation Safety Board, November 30, 2007
- "Amtrak Train Hits Freight Train; 71 Hurt" — , November 30, 2007
- "At least 5 seriously hurt as trains collide" — , November 30, 2007