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NTSB to investigate CTA train crash

CTA officials met with operations and safety staff at the site of Thursday’s incident on the Yellow Line tracks near Howard Station.
Photo – transitchicago.com


The National Transportation Safety Board will lead the investigation into Thursday’s collision between a Chicago Transit Authority train and rail equipment near the Howard Station on the city’s north side.

The NTSB announced on social media that it sent a team of investigators to the site, where an inbound Yellow Line passenger train approaching the station collided with a diesel-powered snow removal train on the same tracks.

Thirty-eight people were injured in the accident, three critically, WBEZ reported. Four children were among the injured. The CTA operator, who was near the point of collision, was among the most critically injured. The children, the youngest of whom was 2, suffered “bumps and bruises.” None of the injuries suffered were life-threatening, according to the news report.

Yellow Line service remains suspended due to the incident, according to CTA's website.