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Tue Mar 25, 2014, 08:32 AM

Chicago: Focus in CTA crash falls on operator fatigue, braking system


By Peter Nickeas, Lolly Bowean, Richard Wronski and Kim Geiger Tribune reporters
11:00 p.m. CDT, March 24, 2014

Federal investigators will focus on whether a CTA train operator fell asleep at the controls and if an automatic braking system was working properly as they seek to pinpoint the cause of a spectacular crash Monday that left a Blue Line car perched atop an escalator.

The operator may have fallen asleep shortly before her train smashed through a “bumping post” at the end of the track at O'Hare International Airport just before 3 a.m., according to a transit union representative.

The CTA employee, whose name has not been released, said after the crash that she was tired, said Robert Kelly, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308.

“I can confirm that she was extremely tired,” Kelly said. .......................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-ohare-train-crash-20140324,0,1750012.story

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