Chicago, IL Commuter Train Wreck, Oct 1972

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2 Trains Crash In Chicago; 25 Killed

CHICAGO (AP) - Twentyfive persons were killed today in the rear-end crash of two commuter trains on Chicago's South Side during the morning rush-hour.

More that 100 persons were hospitalized with injuries.

Mercy Hospital, which treated about 110 persons for injuries, said 15 persons were pronounced dead on arrival. Cook County Hospital, Michael Reese and Billings Hospital also reported deaths.

Firemen rushed to the crash site, less than 10 minutes from the main downtown terminal, and worked to free passengers trapped in the wreckage.

The rear-end crash occurred about 7:40 a. m. near the 27th Street platform on Chicago's South Side, the railroad spokesman said.

He said both trains left a Far South Side terminal nine minutes apart.

The IC Gulf Railroad transports about 35,000 commuters daily between the city and suburbs to the south.

The Kokomo Tribune Indiana 1972-10-30

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