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Trains: Learning from mass transit accidents in Chicago's past

Some things that happened in the past are painful to ponder. Even so, thinking about certain past events can be an opportunity to learn and to take that education into the future. We all know that Chicago has a colorful history in many ways. Despite our state's growth and technological advancements, its history of mass transit vehicles—in this case trains—have had a few rough spots to say the very least.

We decided to publish this blog post so that both residents and authority figures never forget the importance of keeping the city safe. Learning from mass transit accidents of the past is one way to ensure everyone's focus remains firmly on safety as well as efficiency in transportation. Below are four serious train accidents that happened in Chicago's past.

The Rockwell Derailment: In the summer of 1896, a train derailed and fell 30 feet to the street resulting in six injuries.

The Deadly Granville Accident: In 1936, one train smashed into the rear of another train resulting in 10 deaths and at least 36 injuries.

The Wilson Collision: In 1956, two trains collided once more, this time resulting in 8 fatalities and about 200 injuries.

The Loop Crash: Considered by many to be Chicago's worst L-train crash, this 1977 mass transit accident left 11 people dead and 180 victims injured.

Since the 1977 train crash, smaller and less deadly accidents have occurred, but as you can see, our city's rail system seems to have become much safer. However, we must all remain aware that mass transit accidents can still happen, even in these more modern times.

We invite you to browse our website to learn about the legal options available to victims of mass transit accidents and other kinds of personal injury cases.

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