Two people were killed in separate early morning train accidents occurring on the West Side on Monday, while an ambulance enroute to one of the accidents was also involved in a traffic crash, resulting in injuries to five people.
At 7:45 a.m. Monday, an unidentified man was killed after jumping in front of a moving CTA Green Line train at the Central Avenue station. Chicago Police, according to news reports, would not speculate whether the man was trying to commit suicide. East and westbound Green Line trains were halted temporarily between the Harlem and Laramie Avenue stops. Green Line service was restored by 9 a.m.
About 15 minutes after the CTA accident, another person was hit and killed by a Metra train near Kenton Avenue, between the Kedzie and Oak Park Avenue stations. The Metra route is part of the Union Pacific West line between Elburn and Chicago.
While responding to the Metra accident, a Chicago Fire Department ambulance was involved in a traffic crash with three other vehicles at Madison and Keeler at around 8:10 a.m., according to news accounts. Those injured included the two paramedics, who, despite injuries, attempted to rescue a 12-year-old trapped in one of the vehicles. The boy had to be extricated from the car. The boy, and two others involved in the crash, according to news reports, were taken to Stroger Hospital. The boy’s condition was unknown.
The two other victims were taken in stable condition. The paramedics were taken in serious condition. None of the injuries were considered life-threatening, according to reports.