14 commuters hurt when train hits post in Chicago

A commuter train at right is seen after it hit a "bumping post" at the end of the LaSalle Street station platform in Chicago. No passengers were injured in the accident, which happened around 6:15 a.m. It was the first of two such incidents during the morning. A rail official says 14 passengers were injured in a second accident at the same station around 8:45 a.m. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

January 6, 2014 10:52:40 AM PST
A rail official says 14 passengers were injured when a commuter train hit a "bumping post" at a downtown Chicago station, the second such accident of the day.

Michael Gillis is a spokesman for Metra, the suburban Chicago commuter rail service.

Gillis says six passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries Monday after the Rock Island District line train from Joliet hit the "bumping post" at the end of the LaSalle Street platform.

The accident happened around 8:45 a.m. A less serious incident occurred at the same station around 6:15 a.m., but no passengers were injured.

Gillis says the agency is investigating what caused the incidents; authorities have indicated they were weather-related.

All Metra trains are being told to enter downtown stations at "walking speed."