Abels & Annes

Separate Chicago subway incidents leave one dead, one injured

Authorities are investigating two Chicago subway accidents recently involving C.T.A. Blue Line trains.

A person died October 25th in the afternoon after being hit by the Blue Line train in the loop, according to WGNtv.

Police were conducting a death investigation shortly after 1 p.m. at the Monroe Street subway station. Northbound and southbound trains temporarily operated on a singled track between Grand Avenue station and the Racine Avenue station, bypassing Monroe.

On October 27th in the morning, a woman was rushed to the hospital after falling onto the tracks at about 8:45 a.m. in the Dearborn Street subway station. She was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in stable condition, according to The Sun-Times.

The woman was not struck by a train. Power was shut off to the line between the Lasalle and Clark stations but was restored after she got back to the platform, the Chicago Breaking News Center reported.

More than 700 people died in collisions with trains in 2007, according to the Federal Railway Administration, about 450 of those were pedestrians. Through the first nine months of 2009, 28 people have died in Illinois railway accidents.

Each year, there are an average of more than 140 train accidents in Illinois, resulting in 40 fatalities. Many of these fatalities involve pedestrians who fall onto the tracks or are struck by trains.