A Chicago Transit Authority train derailed early Monday morning, leaving the tracks and landing on a platform at O'Hare Airport. The eight-car train jumped a bumper and launched onto the train platform with the front car coming to a stop on an escalator and staircase. Authorities say 32 people were injured in the derailment, which happened at around 3:00 a.m. "Fortunately nobody was on the staircase," said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford. "Anybody on the staircase probably would have been killed."
Those that were injured were taken to four different area hospitals with injuries ranging from fair to serious. No life-threatening injuries were reported. The female train operator was among those injured. Though it isn't immediately clear what caused the derailment, authorities are looking at speed as a possible factor. "It's evident the train was going faster than it should," said transit authority spokesman Brian Steele.