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Passengers scrambled to get off train after crash

Published: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 9:03 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Passengers on a Chicago Transit Authority train that plowed into an escalator at O'Hare International Airport say they screamed and were shaken by a strong jolt during the collision.

Twenty-one-year-old Dion Stokes tells the Chicago Sun-Times ( ) he was standing in a car when the train ran past a barrier, over a platform and up the escalator at the underground station.

He says he saw a fellow passenger "on the floor being thrown back and forth."

Stokes sprained his ankle and was one of more than 30 people who were hurt during Monday's derailment.

Sixty-year-old James Winfield says passengers were "hollering." He adds: "people were scrambling, trying to get off the train."

The union representing the train operator says fatigue may have played a role in the crash.


Information from: Chicago Sun-Times,

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