2003 METRA Commuter Train Accident - Chicago

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:50 by admin
The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched investigators to the scene of the derailment of METRA commuter train number 519 in Chicago on Sunday, October 12, 2003. The derailment occurred at 4:38 p.m. near 47th Street in METRA'S Rock Island District (milepost 4.7) in Chicago, Illinois. Both locomotives and all 5 passenger cars derailed. The train was carrying a three-man crew and approximately 375 passengers on a westbound trip from Chicago to Joliet. Although dozens of passengers were transported to local hospitals, there were no fatalities. Damage has been estimated to exceed $5 million.

The train's event recorders were recovered from both locomotive units and have been read out by Safety Board investigators. The train derailed at a recorded speed of about 67 miles per hour as it traversed a crossover from main track 1 to main track 2. Maximum allowable speed for the crossover movement is 10 mph. The recorders will be transported to the NTSB's Washington headquarters for further analysis in its laboratories.

The train's dispatcher told investigators that he had established the train's intended route through the crossover once train 519 had commenced its trip. The train's engineer reports that he believed the signals were set for continued operation on track 1, with no crossover movement indicated. The maximum operating speed limit for passenger trains for a clear signal is 70 mph.

If you or a family member was injured in the METRA train accident on October 12, 2003, it may be important to contact an attorney who can help you protect your legal rights. Please keep in mind that there may be time limits within which you must commence suit.

See Also

  1. Train Accidents
  2. Broken Back: Overview
  3. Broken Bones: Overview
  4. Dislocation: Overview
  5. Head & Brain Injury
  6. Wounds: Overview
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