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CHICAGO, IL – Two people were injured following a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) train derailment at a subway station in Chicago, IL on February 9, 2012.

Passengers departing from CTA car on elevated tracks following a train derailment in Chicago, IL on February 9, 2012.

Chicago is located in Cook County, Illinois in the northeastern part of the state about 30 miles souththeast of Schaumburg, 30 miles northeast of Naperville and 29 miles northeast of Bolingbrook.


Two CTA passengers suffered injuries from smoke inhalation following the derailment. The passengers were exposed to smoke that was in the tunnel while the car was standing at the station.

The derailment occurred around 2:00 a.m. at a switch point at the Roosevelt subway station near the corner of Roosevelt Rd and State Street. The train that derailed was part of the Red Line.

Map showing location of CTA train derailment at the subway station at Roosevelt Rd. and State Street in Chicago, IL.

An article in the website reported on the incident:

“Two people in the train at Roosevelt were taken to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center with smoke-related injuries aggravated by asthma …

Red Line subway trains were rerouted to the elevated tracks between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown. The CTA also was running some shuttle buses from 35th Street on the south to Fullerton Avenue on the north. Shuttle buses also were running on the Green Line between the State/Lake station and 35th Street.”

The article stated that the injured passengers had “smoke-related injuries aggravated by asthma.” They were transported to Mercy Hospital and Medical Center for treatment.

Railway officials cut the power in response to the mishap. The power outage also affected another train near the Cermak-Chinatown station where it was reported that passengers started leaving the train.

In response to the incident the fire department initiated an emergency response plan calling for ambulances to be dispatched to the scene. As a result, there were 5 ambulances brought to the Roosevelt Rd and State Street intersection.

Normal passenger service began to resume around 8:00 a.m. Officials say that the cause of the derailment is not known at this time but is currently under investigation.

FELA Lawyer News Blog is a FELA, train accident and personal injury blog that publishes up to date train accidents, train derailments and FELA legal news from across the United States. The Federal Employers ‘Liability Act, (FELA) allows injured railroad workers to recover compensation based on the negligence of the railroad company, in lieu of workers’ compensation. FELA defines negligence as the railroad company’s failure to use reasonable care.

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