According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O’Hare International Airport dozed off before the accident. The investigation revealed that this was not the first time she had fallen asleep on the job. Last month, Chicago Transit Authority records showed she overshot a station platform when she “closed her eyes for a moment,” reported ABC News (3.26.14).
The operator had been on the job running trains for just two months. The accident occurred at 3 a.m., close to the end of her shift.
More than 30 people were injured in the train accident.
ABC News reported that the train operator woke up only as the eight-car train jolted onto the platform and barreled up an escalator leading into the airport. The woman had an erratic work schedule and was working a lot of overtime. Investigators were looking to see if that played a role in her evident fatigue.
The NTSB was investigating the train operator’s training, scheduling and disciplinary history. This was her second safety violation, said ABC News.
A backup emergency braking system located on the track apparently failed to stop it. Investigators were looking to see why those brakes didn’t do more to slow and stop the train. The CTA said it would reduce the speed of trains entering the O’Hare station and move switches meant to stop speeding trains so they engage earlier.
Chicago has the nation’s second-largest public transportation system. New York’s is the first-largest.
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At least two passengers on board the train have reportedly filed lawsuits against the CTA over injuries suffered in the crash, saying the agency was negligent in ensuring the safety of passengers.
A person cannot take responsibility for a train or a car while too tired to operate it safely Accident lawyers understand that legal liability in sleep-caused vehicular accidents begins with a driver’s legal duty of care. Drivers, whether they are operating cars or trains, have a legal responsibility for their passengers.
When the negligence of the driver of a vehicle is found to be the cause for personal injuries, an experienced injury lawyer can assist an accident victim with legal action, making sure he or she receives maximum compensation.
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Individuals who have sustained serious injury due to the recklessness or negligence of another, may be entitled to compensation for damages and losses, including medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.