Monday was not a good day for the CTA. No sirree.
- A Blue Line train jumped over the bumper post at O’Hare station and proceeded more than halfway up the escalator.
- Northbound Red Line trains were delayed at 87th Street station due to debris on the tracks caused by an accident on the adjacent Dan Ryan Expressway.
- Southbound Red Line trains were rerouted to the elevated track due to debris on the tracks at Lake Street.
- Brown and Purple Line Express trains were running with delays, due to Red Line trains running “over the top” because of the debris on tracks at the Lake Street subway stop.
- Due to the accident at the O’Hare station, Blue Line service is suspended between Rosemont and O’Hare. Shuttle buses are filling the gap. It may take a full day or more to restore rail service to O’Hare.
In the O’Hare “derailment,” 32 people were injured, though none seriously. The accident occurred at 2:50 a.m., when very few passengers were on the train. At the time I published this, the motorwoman was still hospitalized and National Transportation Safety Board officials had not yet interviewed her. Investigators were looking at faulty brakes, bad signals or human error as possible causes for the accident. Reports stated the motorwoman had “nodded off.”
The accident occurred just as workers further south on the Blue Line were finishing up the first piece of work on the $492 million Your New Blue station and track upgrade project.