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CTA Blue Line train derails at O’Hare

Over 30 people were hurt when a CTA Blue Line train derailed and ended up partially on an escalator at the O’Hare station.

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It’s not surprising that the head of the CTA Union is defending the operator who fell asleep at the controls of a Blue Line train that crashed at O’Hare this week. But WGNs Judy Pielach reports what Local 308 President Robert Kelly is defending may really surprise you.


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Attorney Karen Conti joins the Steve Cochran show once again to comment on the inevitable litigation in the wake of the Blue Line derailment and Malaysian Air flight, whether or not Obamacare can force retailers to carry birth control and she takes some listener questions as well. Listen below for Karen’s full segment.


Karen Conti

Video posted to YouTube late Tuesday night appears to show surveillance video of Monday’s accident involving a Blue Line CTA train at the O’Hare station.  In the incident, the train appears to overrun the end of the track and land partially on an escalator. Over 30 people were injured in the accident and a union spokesperson has said that the driver of the train may have dozed off. The source of this video is unclear, though it appears to be authentic.

Chicago Tribune reporter, Stacy St. Clair joins the Steve Cochran show to discuss the recent CTA Blue Line crash at O’Hare.  She also gets a surprise gift from Steve for all her hard work at the Sochi Olympics!


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The president of the CTA Workers Union says the Blue Line train operator involved in Monday’s derailment indicated that she was “extremely” tired before the train crashed.

Brian Steele is the CTA spokesman, he called into the show to talk about the derailed blue line train at O’Hare this morning, what happened and what is being done in order to restore service to that part of the blue line after a train jumped on to the platform and up an escalator, causing minor injuries. “[Overnight Sunday] is one of our lowest ridership periods…so that was the good news,” said Steele. Listen below for the full interview.


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A Blue Line train crashed into the landing platform at O’Hare International Airport this morning. (Handout photo)

More than 30 people were injured when a CTA Blue Line train ran into a platform at O’Hare International Airport and came to rest against an escalator this morning, officials said.

Six people were listed in fair-to-serious condition and 26 in good-to-fair condition, fire officials on the scene said. Nine of those people were transported to Resurrection Hospital, eight each went to Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center and Swedish Covenant Hospital, and seven went to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

The operator of the train “was walking and talking as we were investigating,” Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said at a press conference at O’Hare.

The eight-car train jumped a bumper at the end of the line and ended up on an escalator around 2:50 a.m., according to Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

The train was wedged up to almost the top of the staircase commuters use when entering O’Hare from the Blue Line terminal there.

CTA spokesman Brian Steele told reporters that the train appeared to going faster than normal when entering the station. “We will be looking at everything — equipment, signals, the human factor,” Steele said.

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