O'Hare station train crash
On March 24, 2014, a Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line passenger train overran the bumper at the station at the O'Hare International Airport, injuring 34 people. The accident caused $11,196,796 in damage.
A spokesman stated that it was likely that the train entered the station at too high a speed. It was later estimated that the train entered the station at 25 to 26 miles per hour (40 to 42 km/h), which was not an excessive speed. At least 50 firefighters and paramedics attended the accident.
The cause of the accident was that the train operator, 25-year-old Brittney Tysheka Haywood, fell asleep at the controls.
As a direct consequence of the accident, the CTA reduced the speed limit into the O'Hare station from 25 miles per hour (40 km/h) to 15 miles per hour (24 km/h). The area of the speed limit was also extended away from the station.
References[change | change source]
- "Board Meeting : Chicago Transit Authority Train Collides with Bumping Post and Escalator at O'Hare Station". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
- Esposito, Stefano; Rossi, Rosalind; Owen, Jordan; Slefo, George P. "Blue Line train derails at O'Hare, climbs up escalator; 32 hurt". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- "Chicago airport train derailment injures 32". BBC News Online. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- Esposito, Stefano. "'Automatic stop' kicked in before CTA train crashed at O'Hare". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- Nickeas, Peter. "'I got tossed from one end of the train to the other'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
- Goudie, Chuck. "Train operator identified in Blue Line crash". WLS-TV ABC 7. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
- Esposito, Stefano; Rossi, Rosalind. "CTA operator awoke 'when she hit,' dozed off before, NTSB says". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014.