Out-of-control semi truck hits Chicago L -train station, kills 2
By Azam Ahmed, Andrew Wang and Robert Becker |
12:00 AM EDT, April 26, 2008
An out-of-control semitrailer truck barreled off a Chicago expressway exit ramp during Friday's evening rush hour, careering through a busy intersection and slamming into a crowded escalator at the Cermak- Chinatown CTA train station.
Two people were killed and 21 others were transported to hospitals, authorities said.
Stunned witnesses watched the truck approach at near-highway speeds, tires screeching. Others never saw it coming, but couldn't forget the sound of the collision.
"It sounded big, like a bomb," said Sohail Malik, a parking lot attendant who works across from the exit ramp. As the truck pounded the CTA overpass, it climbed several steps up an escalator leading to the Red Line Cermak "L" stop above, Malik said. Blood and shattered glass littered the sidewalk behind it.
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