According to news sources, an empty train collided with a commuter train this morning as passengers boarded during rush. At least 48 people sought medical attention after the accident. Investigators chalked the wreck up to a "mechanical failure," but another law enforcement source suspects criminal activity.
A spokesman for Chicago Transit Authority said that officials haven't found any evidence that points toward a crime, but "Everything that is a possibility is being looked at."
The collision occurred at 7:47 this morning when the empty train traveled down an L track and crashed into an in-use, westbound train at Harlem stop. One CTA spokesperson believes that the train was moving approximately 20 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Although some law enforcement sources believe that the collision could have been caused by an equipment malfunction, the president of the Amalgamated Transit Union is hesitant to believe this claim. He said, "Mechanical malfunction…is easy to say but hard to explain. I have never seen a train just start up and start moving – ever."
One witness recounted the accident for ABC News: "I was waiting for my train…I heard screaming, 'Stop the train, sop the train, slow down.'"
The incident occurred at the Harlem stop halted rush our traveling for about two hours. News sources report that an investigation is still pending while authorities try to uncover the exact cause of the accident.
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