There’s a lot of chatter and opinions in the blogosphere about what really happened in Monday’s CTA accident where a young mother said she shoved a stroller into a train car door, the door closed, the train started moving, taking with it her 22-month-old daughter who was not strapped into the stroller. The stroller hit a barricade at the end of the platform at the Morse Red Line station, and the baby went flying onto the railbed between the north- and southbound tracks.
Or not. Or maybe so. Or maybe things happened a little differently.
A big problem is there are no direct witnesses to this accident, other than the mother, who said it happened as written above, and the train operator, who said she did not see a stroller wedged in the door before she started the train out of the station.
The other mystery revolves around the stroller itself. The operator stopped the train at Granville and walked through each car in search of the stroller. She says did not find it. However, a passenger turned it in at Berwyn. So where was the passenger and the stroller when the operator came through the car? And did the operator actually verbally announce she was looking for the stroller when she came through each car?
And the very latest news reports question both sides of the story: The head of the drivers union says the stroller survived the bashing and dragging with no damage. And a new witness has come forward to say she saw the driver “dump” the stroller, possibly at Thorndale. So, how did it get to Berwyn?
For its part, the CTA has said preliminary tests of the train cars show the doors were working properly.
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