Train derails in Chicago, no serious injuries

April 30, 2012

Associated Press

Authorities say a special Chicago Transit Authority train that had been chartered by railroad enthusiasts as a fundraiser derailed on the elevated tracks Sunday.

The train was chartered by the Illinois Railway Museum to raise funds for the museum. Those aboard paid $100 to ride the train from the 1960s and 1970s.

Officials say one car derailed around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on the elevated tracks in Chicago's South Loop neighborhood. There were dozens of people aboard.

Chicago Fire Department officials say there were no reports of serious injuries.

CTA spokesman Steve Mayberry says passengers were walked from the train along the elevated tracks.

Daniel Boylan was aboard. The 46-year-old tells the Chicago Tribune that it's a different experience than they expected, but now they have a story to tell.