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April 26, 2008

Officials 'Probe' Semi-trucks Plow Into Rail Station That KIlled 2

Topics: National News

I'm curious:

CHICAGO -- Elliott Reed said the scene was surreal: As he walked toward the Chicago Transit Authority train station in the midst of an otherwise normal, busy rush hour, a tractor trailer exiting a nearby expressway made a sudden and violent detour.

Without warning, the truck barreled into a street-level bus shelter, ending part of the way up the station's north stairwell. Two women died on the scene and at least 21 others were injured, authorities said.

Reed and other witnesses stood disbelieving as the truck wedged inside the stairwell. If it hadn't been for a delay at work, Reed, a 30-year-old bank security officer, said he could have been one of the victims.

The Chicago Police Department was still investigating the crash at the Cermak-Chinatown Red Line station on Saturday. That investigation included questioning the truck's driver, who initially went to a hospital but was released and led from the hospital in handcuffs.

The 51-year-old man tested negative for blood alcohol at the hospital, but refused a urinalysis test, said Stroger Hospital spokesman Sean Howard.

The man was not under arrest or had been charged with anything as of late Friday, said police spokesman John Mirabelli.

Unless "the man" is a juvenile, why don't we know the name of "the man"?

Posted by Richard at April 26, 2008 9:54 AM

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