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Highland Park Historical Society: “A Transit Tragedy: When the Unthinkable Actually Happened”

June 19, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

An unthinkable calamity that the designers of Chicago’s ‘L’ system never contemplated, and riders couldn’t believe would happen became a reality in the Loop on February 4th, 1977, when a train rounding the curve at Lake and Wabash struck another that was stopped at the station ahead, toppling two cars onto the street below and leaving two others dangling from the structure. How ithappened, causing 11 deaths and injuries to dozens more, will bethe subject of a program presented by Jeff Stern, a board member of the Fire Museum of Greater Chicago and of the Highland ParkHistorical Society.
A Transit Tragedy: When the Unthinkable Actually Happened,’ will be presented on Monday, June 19th at 7:00 pm at the HighlandPark Public Library Auditorium 494 Laurel Avenue, Highland Park.  For further information, please contact the Highland Park HistoricalSociety at 847-432-7090 or [email protected]org.  Admission is free.

Save the Date – Saturday September 16 for the Stupey Cabin Picnic! Details to follow later this summer.


June 19, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Highland Park Library
494 Laurel Avenue
Highland Park, IL 60035