Father of killed CTA worker: ‘Nothing wrong with crying’

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CHICAGO -- Chicago police and CTA officials don't suspect foul play but they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the CTA worker who fell into the tracks at the Addison Blue Line Stop this morning.

Forty-one-year-old Pearl Hendrix had worked for the CTA for almost two years. Her father Vernon Hendrix says she had just gotten a promotion.

Pearl Hendrix was the youngest of six children. She attended Bremen High School and DeVry, where she got her engineering degree.  Her father called her his "pride and joy" and his "miracle baby" after she was hit by a motorcycle at the age of two -- and survived.

Vernon Hendrix was told his daughter fell during her shift at the Addison blue line stop early Saturday morning and fell onto the tracks and the third rail, where she was electrocuted.

Vernon Hendrix says he is a spiritual man and while he knows his daughter is in a better place, he'll miss his weekly visits from her.

The CTA station remains under construction and closed until at least Monday.  Buses are taking commuters to the Belmont stop until the station reopens.