Fil-Am's travel plans derailed after Chicago train goes off track

By Connie Macatula-De Leon, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

March 25, 2014

CHICAGO – It was a train ride dozens of people in the Windy City will never forget.

Early Monday morning, a train went off track and ended up on an escalator.

Thirty-two passengers, including the operator, were rushed to the hospital. Authorities say no one sustained life-threatening injuries.
Investigators are still looking into the cause of the derailment. But a union representative says the operator may have dozed off after working overtime.

Kenneth Alcazar, a 21-year-old Filipino-American student from California, spent months planning a Chicago spring break trip with his college friends.

“I am a little stressed out,” Alcazar said. “Traveling itself is stressful. Add this inconvenience on top of my spring break is unfortunate, but it’s not that bad. It worried me a little bit. I wasn’t too concerned but I knew it was an accident that I luckily avoided.”

Alcazar admits the train derailment has caused some delays in his trip.

“I feel like a lot of people are inconvenienced by this,” he said. “I was supposed to meet my friends in the city right when I got here. But since the train was out of commission, I had to take a bus; the usual inconvenience that comes with traveling.”

But he feels luckier compared to the dozens who got hurt from this accident.

“I feel bad for all those involved. It’s an unfortunate mishap,” he said.

Investigators say they will review video footage from a camera in the O’Hare station, as they move forward with the investigation.

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