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.