Amtrak collides with freight train, but cars remain upright

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Fire officials in Chicago say at least five Amtrak employees have been hurt in a collision between an Amtrak passenger train and a freight train.

The passenger train plowed into the back of a freight train. Officials say the five have critical or serious injuries. They were in the passenger train's engine at the time of the collision. A fire department spokesman says that's where most of the damage was centered. Amtrak's three double-decker passenger cars remained upright.

Up to 150 passengers were on the Amtrak train. Passengers streamed off the trains with the help of rescue workers. Some held the hands of small children. Most passengers walked away from the accident, but some were taken away on stretchers.

An Amtrak spokesman says the train was traveling from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago when the accident occurred in a rail yard.

The fire spokesman says it's unclear what caused the accident, only that the two trains were on the same track.

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