March 25, 2014

Chicago train crash caused by operator fatigue, union says

CHICAGO — The AP reported the operator of a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) commuter train that derailed and scaled an escalator at the O’Hare International Airport station on Monday morning may have dozed off.

A union representative reported in a news conference that the woman said she had recently worked extensive overtime recently and was "extremely tired" at the time of the accident, according to the AP. For the full story, click here.

Meanwhile, the AP reported that the National Transportation Safety Board says that the train was traveling at a normal 25 mph before it crashed. An investigator told the AP that an automatic emergency braking system was activated on the tracks as the train traveled toward the platform, but it failed to stop the train. For the full story, click here.

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  • Bob[ March 25th, 2014 @ 12:08pm ]

    seems a bit premature to assign a cause before the NTSB even finishes investigating. two concerns come to light. . why was this operator being ?forced? to work so much overtime. insufficient operators?? . and why could the ATS not stop the train from it's normal speed in the distance it was set to trip?? the ATS certainly should have activated in sufficient time to stop the train before end of track if at normal operating speed? something is not passing the smell test here. lets let the NTSB finish it's work before assigning blame. we don't know why, and why all the various safety devices failed this dramatically, this train did not just bang into the bumping post but it was still traveling at a fairly high rate of speed to be able to climb out of the high platform pit and then all the way up an escalator. Bob

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