12 people injured after Metra and Amtrak train collide

At least 12 people were injured during Friday morning’s rush hour when a Metra and Amtrak train collided, according to officials.

Fire and police crews were called to Union Station at about 8:20 a.m. to reports of a derailment, but found the incident slightly south, between Polk and Harrison, said Chicago Fire spokesman Larry Langford.

An inbound Metra Burlington Northern train number 1242 from Aurora, hit the engine of the Amtrak train on Track 4, near the intersection of a track switch, according to Metra and Amtrak officials. Metra spokesman Tom Miller said at least two cars of the Burlington Northern train were damaged.

An Still and Box alarm and an EMS Plan 2 were called to the scene, due to the location of the train, and the number of people on the train, said Langford.

One person was transported to an area hospital in serious-to-critical condition, 11 others were transported in fair-to-serious condition, Assistant Deputy Fire Commissioner for EMS Marc Levison said.

Federal Railroad Administration officials are inspecting tracks and signals near the site of the collision near Union Station, said Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile.