Two commuter trains collided Monday morning, apparently killing at least eight people in a mangled pile of metal.
The eastbound and westbound trains collided at 9:37 a.m. CST, said John Parsons, spokesman for the Northern Indiana Commuter Transit District."The glass was flying. It was a tremendous impact," passenger Margaret McNeill, who was uninjured, said in a broadcast interview.
Officials at the site said a number of people remained trapped in the front car of at least one train. The front car of each train was mangled and the metal on one side ripped away.
Rescue workers were passing stretchers from a gaping hole in a car. At least eight figures wrapped in cloth, apparently bodies, could be seen, but officials had no precise death toll.
"We understand there are fatalities, but we don't know how many at this time," he said.
The crash site was in a residential area on the city's west side where tracks merge, Parsons said.
"It was just devastating," said Brenda McClinton, a hotel housekeeper who was working a half-mile from the crash. "I saw where two trains had collided. The people up there were screaming and hollering."
The trains were a No. 7 eastbound that left Chicago at 8:45 a.m. CST and a No. 12 that left South Bend at 9:05 a.m. EST, Parsons said.