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Illinois Central Train Collision #221414

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Dec 07, 1972
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(Studio) Feds. hold hearings on Illinois Central commuter train collision in Chicago. Collision occurred last month
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Chicago, Illinois) 45 died and 300 were injured in Chicago train collision. National Trans. Safety Board opens hearings to determine cause of collision. Chairperson John Reed says crash caused by series of human errors. Train backed up without using flags. as required. Train operators had been reprimanded before for ignoring rules. Ernest Cummings, conductor on reversing train, refuses to testify. [CUMMINGS - takes 5th Amendment.] [Passenger Colleen KARAKER - says saw conductor jump off train before collision.] Psychiatrists at University of Chicago launch group therapy sessions for passengers. [Psychiatric social worker Kathleen SULLIVAN - says passengers of crash now afraid of trains.] Hope exists that crash will serve as warming to other trains to be more careful.
REPORTER: Jeff Williams

Cronkite, Walter;
Williams, Jeff

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