Erin Carman

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38 people injured after train crash involving CTA

As many as 38 people were injured in a train crash Thursday morning that involved a Chicago Transit Authority train, fire officials confirm.

According to the Chicago Fire Department, the crash happened at 7519 N. Paulina, between Evanston and Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

At a Thursday afternoon press conference, CFD said at least 38 people were evaluated by medical personnel after the crash. Of those, 23 were transported to area hospitals. At least three were critically injured. No life-threatening injuries were reported, CFD said.

Four of those injured were children, CFD said during the update. Additionally, one person required a “special rescue” from the Evanston Fire Department, a tweet from the Evanston Police Department said.

In a statement, the CTA said the incident occurred at 10:39 a.m., when the agency received reports of a Yellow Line train “making contact with rail equipment in the Howard Rail Yard.”

According to the Evanston Fire Department, the CTA has shut off power to the Red and Purple lines.

The CTA also said Red Line train service has been temporarily suspended.

Several streets in the area are closed, the Evanston Police said, including Chicago Avenue between South Boulevard and Howard Street.

Shortly after the crash, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tweeted that his administration was “closely monitoring” the derailment, and would direct “any available resources needed.”