Three individuals are in critical condition, and 35 others sustained injuries after a passenger train collided with a snowplow on a busy commuter line near the centre of Chicago.
Fifteen ambulances were dispatched to the crash site between two trains on the same line, located 300 yards outside Howard Station in the Rogers Park neighbourhood shortly after 10:30 am today.
Officials from the Chicago Fire Department (CFD) reported that all 38 individuals on board the two-carriage train were examined by medics, with a two-year-old among the four children injured.
Twenty-three people were transported to the hospital, while another 15 received treatment at the scene.
‘I just heard like a horrible boom sound,’ recounted Shayla Smith, who heard the crash as she boarded a Purple Line train at Howard. She mentioned that passengers on her train began screaming. ‘I just heard like a horrible boom sound,’ she conveyed to the Chicago Sun-Times. ‘It felt like we’re gonna tip over, and I was wondering what’s going on? My body shivered.’