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14 commuters hurt when train hits post in Chicago

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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Commuters arrive at the La Salle Street commuter rail station Monday as they experience temperatures well below zero and wind chills expected to reach 40 to 50 below in Chicago.

CHICAGO – Fourteen passengers were injured Monday when a commuter train hit a “bumping post” at a downtown Chicago station, the second such accident of the day, rail officials said.

It was not immediately clear whether the train slid or if there was a mechanical or braking problem, but all trains were subsequently ordered to enter downtown stations at “walking speed” to prevent further incidents, said Michael Gillis, spokesman for the Metra commuter rail agency.

The accident happened about 8:45 a.m. as the Rock Island District Line train from Joliet reached the end of the platform at the LaSalle Street station with 175 passengers aboard. Six passengers were taken to hospitals with minor injuries, and the others refused treatment, he said.

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