Operator of CTA Red Line train that struck, killed woman is fired

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CHICAGO — The operator of the CTA Red Line train that struck and killed a woman who was trying to retrieve a phone has been fired.

The woman had climbed down to the tracks to retrieve her dropped cell-phone.

The CTA released a video showing the unidentified operator minutes before the accident.

He can be seen laughing and pointing to someone or something outside the train just before it struck 37-year-old Felon Smith at the 69th Street station on June 27.

Security cameras showed no one helped Smith up as the train approached the platform, even though security was nearby.

The CTA said the operator’s behavior is unacceptable and in violation of the agency’s policy and procedures.

The CTA is not identifying the employee. He had been a rail operator since 2006 with no previous safety violations.

Felon Smith was a single mom and left behind three children, ages 13, 15 and 18.


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