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Chicago Elevated Commuter Derails

December 19, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) _ The last cars of an elevated transit train derailed Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of serious injuries, officials said.

The train was heading toward downtown from Midway International Airport when the last two cars derailed, officials said.

Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford told WFLD-TV the cars might have bumped and caused some minor injuries.

Rescue workers used cherry pickers to remove passengers from the train and lower them to the ground. Other passengers could be seen standing inside the cars on the elevated track waiting their turns for evacuation.

Ambulances stood nearby but were not immediately put to use.

CTA spokeswoman Noelle Gaffney said shuttle buses would carry passengers to stops along the affected route.

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