CHICAGO (AP) — Metra says a car on one of its commuter trains was severely damaged and another seriously damaged during a collision with an Amtrak train.

Chief Executive Officer Alex Clifford also says 1,500 passengers were aboard the 11-car train when the accident occurred at about 8:15 a.m. Friday at a point where two tracks converge at Chicago’s Union Station.

Clifford says eight passengers were taken to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Amtrak says its engineer was injured and the locomotive damaged.

The fire department says there was a derailment, but Clifford says he’s unsure.

Metra Deputy Operations Director George Hardwidge says Amtrak controls the switches and signals.

The Amtrak train was headed to Carbondale with 117 passengers and four crew members. The Metra train was arriving downtown from Aurora.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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