Update: Human error blamed for Green Line derailment

CBS2 News is reporting that the CTA suspended four workers and are now blaming human error for Saturday’s Green Line derailment.

“The source says CTA has suspended four persons without pay pending
final results of the investigation: the two motormen aboard the
derailed train, a supervisor and a worker who was in a control tower at
the time.

“A lack of communication appears to be a major contributor.

“According to investigative interviews immediately after the derailment,
the female motorman at the front of the train said she was northbound
when she ran a stop signal at 59th street near Loomis. She then powered
down the train. The motorman in the rear car powered up his end of the
train, backing it up in the opposite direction and sending the train
off the rails. . .  .

“The train had been running as a shuttle on the Green Line running
between 59th Street and 63d and Ashland, which is why it had motormen
at each end.”

There were 46 passengers evacuated from the train, with 14 hospitalized.


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