1 railroad worker dies, 2nd seriously hurt in Chicago blast

Authorities say one railroad worker has died and another is seriously hurt following what appears to be an accidental explosion near a Chicago station.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office says one of the men was pronounced dead early Saturday afternoon. 

Both were taken to a hospital shortly after the blast on the city’s northwest side near the Grayland Station.

The man who survived was listed in stable condition. The workers’ names haven’t been released.

Officials say the workers were using torches to weld joints as part of a major track project. 

Metra workers stand by the side of the railroad tracks, just north of Byron St. in Chicago after a deadly explosion Saturday

Metra workers stand by the side of the railroad tracks, just north of Byron St. in Chicago after a deadly explosion Saturday

Metra workers stand by the side of the railroad tracks, just north of Byron St. in Chicago after a deadly explosion Saturday

Metra spokeswoman Meg Reile says an acetylene tank on a truck exploded but it’s not clear why.

Reile says one possibility is gas buildup in the tank. 

She adds there’s no indication of foul play.

Locals who live near the track said they heard the explosion.

‘It sounded like something had hit the house,’ Ralph Applegate told the Chicago Tribune

‘It was just a huge boom. The house shook.’ 

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