- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

CHICAGO (AP) - The fact that a Chicago public-transit train jumped the tracks and then scaled an escalator rather than make an abrupt stop may have actually saved lives.

The Chicago Transit Authority train hit a bumper as it came to the end of its line early Monday, then derailed. More than 30 people were injured but none suffered life-threatening injuries.

A transportation expert at Chicago’s DePaul University says the straight-ahead derailment helped dissipate energy.

Joseph Schwieterman says a more abrupt stop would have slammed people more violently into seats, polls and walls inside the train.

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