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Chicago transit train crashes at O'hare Airport 32 injured

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Conductor error is cited in a train derailment, injuring 32 passengers. Reportedly the conductor had fallen asleep allowing the train to crash through stop barriers.

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According to a March 25, report by Christian Post, A CTA Blue Line train crashed through the stopping posts at O'Hare International Airport and flew up an escalator Monday, injuring 32 passengers in the process.

"There are indications she dozed off, yes," CTA Union President Bob Kelly said at a press conference, adding that she had 17 hours between shifts but "had worked a lot of hours in the past week."

Surveillance cameras at O'hare capture the train catapulting over halfway up the escalator at the normally very busy airport. The incident occurred at 2:50 a.m. during a lull in commuters,

Brian Steele, a Chicago Transit Authority spokesman, told reporters. "Normally a train pulls in at just a couple miles an hour and pulls into the station. Obviously, this train did not stop, so speed could be a factor here."

The 32 passengers and the conductor were hospitalized for treatment of minor injuries. Shuttle buses are currently in operation to get commuters and passengers to O'Hare Airport.


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