The train carrying two of the world’s deadliest freight trains has hit a rock wall on its way to New York City.
The 757, operated by Amtrak, derailed in the eastern city of O’Hare, killing all 20 people on board and injuring at least 19 others, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m.
ET on Friday when the train struck a concrete wall at the O’Meara station, a heavily trafficked rail crossing near the O.P. O’Connor International Airport.
The train was carrying more than 1,000 passengers, including a group of children and teenagers.
The train had been scheduled to leave Chicago at 8:30 p.o.m., according to Amtrak, but had to be stopped by the Oasis Express at O’Malley Airport, near Chicago, because of weather.
The crew was alerted to the collision at the time, but no one was injured.
The derailment left behind the bodies of one person and the remains of the other, the NTSB said.
A spokesman for the Chicago-bound train company told the Chicago Tribune that the crew made a quick decision to stop the train and that the passengers were safely evacuated from the station.
No passengers were injured in the derailment, the company said in a statement to ABC News.
The NTSB did not release a full list of injuries or fatalities, citing privacy rules.
The crash caused a “severe structural failure” on the train, said John Cusack, the acting assistant director of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, the main U.S. safety regulator.
The O’Shaughnessy-operated O’Melveny-New Jersey is a low-speed freight train that can travel up to 80 mph, Cusacks said.
The rail company has operated the train for more than 30 years.
The National Transportation Board is investigating the accident.
The NTSB is also investigating the cause of the derailments, which are being investigated by the National Labor Relations Board.