32 injured in Chicago train derailment

32 injured in Chicago train derailment
Mary Wisniewski, Reuters
First posted: Monday, March 24, 2014 07:12 AM EDT | Updated: Monday, March 24, 2014 08:51 PM EDT
CHICAGO - A passenger train crashed through the end of the line early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and barreled up an escalator and stairs, leaving 32 people with non-life threatening injuries, officials said.
The Chicago Transit Authority train, a mass transit train which ran on electricity, is expected to remain in place for at least a day while investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board try to determine how it jumped a bumper at the end of the line.
"The train is not going to go anywhere for the foreseeable future - it's not going anywhere today," NTSB investigator Tim DePaepe told a news conference.
Investigators will review station video of the train arriving and an outward-facing video recorder at the front of the electrified "L" train, along with signals and the train's condition, he said.
It was not immediately clear how fast the train was moving, but authorities were looking at speed as a possible factor, said transit authority spokesman Brian Steele.
"It's evident the train was going faster than it should," he said at the scene.
Neither the female train operator nor any of the passengers faced life-threatening injuries, said Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.
DePaepe said the operator had been on duty for about six hours at the time of the crash. She was still being examined at a local hospital and had not yet been interviewed by investigators, DePaepe said.
A representative for the operator's union was not immediately available for comment.
Langford said the eight-car train jumped a bumper at the end of the line just before 3:00 a.m. Chicago time (0800 GMT).
It was not immediately clear how long train service on that part of the line will be suspended. Buses were shuttling passengers from O'Hare to the next train station, according to CTA officials.
Passersby gawked at the crash scene, with some people saying the incident made them a little more nervous about traveling by train.
"I feel like there's accidents all the time with the trains, but not this bad," said Meghan Cassin, 25, a Chicago resident who was heading to work after a trip to Florida. "They take corners really fast."
In September, an unmanned Chicago Transit Authority train collided with a standing train at a station in a western suburb of Chicago during the morning rush hour, leaving at least 33 people injured.
A worker puts up a tarp to cover the scene where a Chicago Transit Authority subway train crashed into a platform at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago March 24, 2014. Thirty-two people were injured after the train derailed and hit a platform early on Monday, with its front car landing on an escalator and stairs, a city fire official said. REUTERS/Jim Young

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How fast can 10 segways go if networked? How much power to move a heavy 40ft container around narrow places? (very easy to pull 5 at once and have the last one be in the exact same track as the tractor. Back when horsepower meant just that the front axle and the rear axle had a cross-chain so when the front went right the back went left, etc. Easy to pull when your road is fluffy snow.
Driver of crashed train may have dozed off: union
First posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 02:42 PM EDT | Updated: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 02:51 PM EDT
A passenger train that slammed through its end-of-the-line barrier at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this week tripped an automatic emergency stop system and was not speeding when it entered the station, a federal investigator said on Tuesday.
The crash sent the Chicago Transit Authority train hurtling onto an escalator and stairs at the airport's mass transit station early on Monday. Thirty-two people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.
Investigators hope to interview the train operator on Tuesday afternoon and have not reached any conclusions about the cause of the crash, Ted Turpin, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, told reporters.
A union official on Monday said he spoke to the operator after the crash and believed she may have dozed off. The train operator, who has not been identified, told the union she had been working very long hours and had indicated to him she was extremely tired.
Turpin said the train was traveling at a normal speed of 25 to 26 miles per hour (40-42 kph) when it entered the station and triggered a physical device beside the track that put it into emergency mode.
"It was attempting to stop the train, brakes were applied," he said.
The NTSB hopes to release the train on Tuesday to the CTA, which will be responsible for clearing the tracks, Turpin said. It may have to cut up the front car resting on the escalator, but may be able to pull a second car back, he said.
Turpin said he hoped it would take "a lot less than" a week to restore service at the station. Buses are shuttling riders between O'Hare and the next train station.
The investigation includes a review of station video of the train arriving and an outward-facing video recorder on the train, as well as signals and the train's condition. The crash happened at about 3 a.m. CDT (0800 GMT) on Monday.
The incident was the second in recent months involving an apparently out-of-control CTA train. In September, an unmanned CTA train ran loose onto active tracks and collided with a standing train at a suburban Chicago station during morning rush hour, injuring at least 33 people.
A handout photo shows a derailed commuter train resting on an escalator at O'Hare international airport in Chicago March 24, 2014. REUTERS/NBC Chicago handout via Reuters

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looks like a scene from a movie.

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