O'Hare station train crash

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The O'Hare Blue Line station where the accident occurred

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.[1] The accident caused $11,196,796 in damage.[2]

A spokesman stated that it was likely that the train entered the station at too high a speed.[3] 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.[4] At least 50 firefighters and paramedics attended the accident.[5]

The cause of the accident was that the train operator, 25-year-old Brittney Tysheka Haywood,[6] 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.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Board Meeting : Chicago Transit Authority Train Collides with Bumping Post and Escalator at O'Hare Station". National Transportation Safety Board. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  2. 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.
  3. "Chicago airport train derailment injures 32". BBC News Online. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  4. Esposito, Stefano. "'Automatic stop' kicked in before CTA train crashed at O'Hare". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  5. Nickeas, Peter. "'I got tossed from one end of the train to the other'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 24, 2014.
  6. Goudie, Chuck. "Train operator identified in Blue Line crash". WLS-TV ABC 7. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  7. Esposito, Stefano; Rossi, Rosalind. "CTA operator awoke 'when she hit,' dozed off before, NTSB says". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved March 27, 2014.