1972 Chicago Commuter Rail Crash

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1972 Chicago Commuter Rail Crash. 44 Killed and 320 Injured as Chicago Trains Crash with subhead. WATTS was at the controls of the four-car modern bi-level commuter train when it apparently overshot the 27th street flag stop on the South Side.

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CHICAGO UPI - J. Illinois Central Gulf train 416 made up of newly purchased Highliners overshot the 27th Street Station on what is now the Metra Electric Line and the engineer asked and received permission from the trains. The citys worst commuter train accident occurred on Oct 30 1972 when an Illinois Central Gulf Railroad train smashed into the rear of another train at the lines 27th Street station killing 45 and injuring more than 300.

The citys worst commuter train accident occurred on Oct 30 1972 when an Illinois Central Gulf Railroad train smashed into the rear of another train at the lines 27th Street station killing 45 and injuring more than 300.

305 e m Chlago Trbuns THE W 0 I I 01 OREATEST NEWSPAPER Tuesday October 31 1972 FINAL 14 P09tt I AC - 15tctioMlV. CHICAGO UPI - J. Submitted by Stu Beitler. October 30 1972 The worst accident in Chicago transit history occurs as 45 people die and more than 350 are injured when a six-car commuter train slams into the rear of a four-car commuter train that is backing up to a station platform at Twenty-Seventh Street after overshooting it.