The center cannot hold. This is how the zombie apocalypse begins…
Yesterday, a CTA train mysteriously left the maintenance yard and crashed headlong into another train. The official line is:
(CNN) — A Chicago commuter train that was parked in a service yard somehow moved onto a rail line and smashed into an oncoming train early Monday, injuring dozens of people.
How it happened is a mystery.
“I don’t know the last time, if ever, that this has happened” on the Chicago Transit Authority system, spokesman Brian Steele said.
There are “more questions than answers” about the incident in Forest Park, Illinois, he said. (link)
This is what authorities would say, of course, if a sick conductor with a terrible re-animating disease were to drive a train into another train.
Then, a few minutes ago, the lights flickered a little bit and some computers around the office shut down and had to restart. I said to a colleague, “This is how the zombie apocalypse starts. First the lights flicker. Then there are mysterious reports of strange riots. Then all hell breaks loose. I hope I see you tomorrow.”
Then I heard a couple students talking about seeing “a whole bunch of people just standing around looking at…” something. What? I don’t know.
It’s all a goof, of course. But my blood ran cold when about fifty emergency vehicles went screaming up State Street not five minutes after the lights flickered. Here’s hoping I’ll see you all tomorrow. If things don’t turn out so well, please keep an eye out for a zombie like this: