CHICAGO – The CTA is investigating an incident in which one of its elevated trains operated while a door was open.
A Blue Line train heading to O’Hare had one of it’s doors open while it hits stops along the Kennedy Expressway.
A passenger on the train filmed the incident and posted it online. That passenger, Clint Phillips, tells WGN News he got on at the Jefferson Park stop and says the door remains open for two more stops. A fellow passenger told him the door was open when he got on several stops earlier.
The CTA released a statement that said in part:
“In the 2200 trips CTA provides each day this is extremely rare. Though we're still looking into what happened it is possible that a customer may have tried to force open a door. Signs are posted over all doors warning that forcing a door open could result in a fine or arrest.”
Regardless of how the door was opened, a CTA spokesperson says there are safety mechanisms that should have kept the train from running and an alert should have gone off to warn the conductor about the problem.
The CTA says it is taking a look at surveillance cameras to see how the door was opened.