NTSB: Blue Line train going too fast for emergency brakes

A preliminary report shows the Blue Line train that derailed at O’Hare airport was going too fast for emergency brakes to work.

The NTSB released its report today that says seconds before the derailment at O’Hare two weeks ago, the train should have stopped.   The train was going one mile over the speed limit of 25.  The driver dozed off and the train crossed the stationary trip which activated the emergency brakes.
The NTSB says the train didn’t stop because the distance between the trip and the bumper post, a secondary safety measure, was too short. It was only 41 feet, when a train needs at least 50 to come to a stop.  The CTA has now moved the trip to 60 feet from the bumper post.

CTA Union President Robert Kelly says this wasn’t just operator error, but equipment error.  He says this is a perfect time to address several safety issues the union has with CTA president Forrest Claypool.

Last week the train operator, Brittney Haywood, was fired after not showing up for two CTA meetings.  Haywood had worked 60 hours the week before the accident on Monday, March 24th.  She admitted she dozed off as she was coming into the O’Hare stop.


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