Serious Injuries Reported After Amtrak Collision


(November 30, 2007)--It appears most of the 187 passengers aboard an Amtrak train that collided with a freight train in Chicago Friday were able to walk away from the crash scene.

A Chicago fire official says nine people are in serious condition and another 30 have been treated for bumps and bruises.

It's unclear how many of the six Amtrak workers aboard were hurt.

But fire officials say four had to be extricated from the engine, where most of the damage was concentrated.

The Amtrak train was en route from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Chicago, when it plowed into the back of the freight train.

One traveler, who had a small cut on his nose, says most passengers, like him, were the "walking wounded."

He says, "Everybody just hit the seat in front of them" when the trains collided.

No word on what caused the accident or what the freight train was carrying. The two trains were on the same track.

The Amtrak spokesman says it's unclear which train was in the wrong place.



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