Thirty-two hurt in train derailment at Chicago's O'Hare airport

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Posted: Mar 24, 2014 6:58 AM

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Thirty-two passengers were injured after a Chicago Transit Authority train derailed and hit a platform at O'Hare International Airport early on Monday, with its front car landing on an escalator and stairs, a city fire official said.

The injuries were not life threatening, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

"Fortunately nobody was on the staircase," he said. "Anybody on the staircase probably would have been killed."

Langford said the eight-car train jumped a bumper at the end of the line just before 3:00 a.m. Chicago time.

Fire and transit officials said it was not clear how fast the train was moving. The cause of the derailment is under investigation, said transit spokeswoman Tammy Chase.

She said train service on part of the line may be suspended for up to 24 hours. Bus shuttles were available.

The driver was not seriously hurt, Langford said.

The injured passengers, ranging from fair to serious condition, were taken to four local hospitals with mostly bumps and bruises, officials said.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Writing by Eric Beech and Colleen Jenkins; Editing by Hugh Lawson and Bernadette Baum)