50 Years Ago, 2 Chicago Trains Collide, 45 Souls Lost Their Lives
We've just passed the 50th anniversary of one of the most terrible days in Illinois transportation history. It was on that day in 1972 when two Chicago commuter trains collided resulting in 45 souls losing their lives.
There's a Wikipedia page dedicated to what happened on a cloudy October 30, 1972 morning during rush hour in Chicago. One commuter train overshot the passenger platform and tried to back up. The trailing train could not stop in time resulting in a horrific collision. The Chicago Fire Department shared video of their rescue efforts.
According to the historical account, 45 people died and 332 were injured. CBS Chicago shared video of the 50th anniversary remembrance that just happened with survivors from that day.
Wayback Machine is another portal that has preserved the record of that terrible and tragic day. It remains one of the most cataclysmic train crashes in US history. One that is now over 50 years in our past, but a day that will never be forgotten.