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Chicago subway derailment

32 people injured, but all are expected to live

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      An eight-car commuter train derailed early Monday at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, injuring 32 people on board after it failed to stop at an underground station at one of the busiest airports in the United States.

      Chicago Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago said the train ``climbed over the last stop, jumped up on the sidewalk and then went up the stairs and escalator.''

      Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele said authorities are trying to piece together what happened, but says the train was likely travelling too fast.
      The derailment happened around 2:50 a.m.

      Investigators aren't sure how many people were on board, but say none of the injuries are believed to be life-threatening.

      The President of the Chicago transit union says there is some indication that fatigue could have played a roll in the crash.

      The driver had told the union that she had worked a lot of overtime recently and was 'extremely tired' at the time of the derailment.

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      1. Don was right posted on 03/24/2014 08:53 AM
        of course when the Metrolinx airpor ttrain runs off teh track it will fall out fo teh sky, killing eveyone on it.
      2. Karl Burgin posted on 03/24/2014 10:22 AM
        ...sign
      3. Karl Burgin posted on 03/24/2014 10:23 AM
        It does sorta remind me of the movie Speed- when Keanu Reaves speeds up the subway to jump the tracks...
      4. Todd posted on 03/24/2014 01:51 PM
        Who's driving our trains these days? Are they high or drunk on the controls?
      5. Jack posted on 03/24/2014 08:00 PM
        The driver was "extremely tired"? Well what a coincidence, because of that 32 people are extremely hurt!

        Unions talk a big game about how they're essential to safety in the workplace. What was safe about any part of this?!
        1. Frankie posted on 03/25/2014 02:07 PM
          @Jack Unions will tell us that if it were privatized the driver would have been even more tired, would have been paid slave wages, treated unfairly, all resulting in millions of deaths and accidents.

          That's why at the TTC maintenance dept., someone working there mentioned they were physically threatened their first day on the job because they actually dared to work efficiently (ie. a full day's work vs at 33% efficiency).

          Imagine how much money the TTC could free up if their employees worked as efficiently as the private sector.
      6. Paula posted on 03/26/2014 10:01 AM
        But remember, the union that created an environment where this driver will face NO consequences for derailing a train and hurting 32 people is ESSENTIAL to maintaining a safe working environment.

        I mean, if the driver had reason to think falling asleep at the controls would lead to him being fired and/or arrested, he might have been too afraid to fall asleep and suffered a stress-related migraine. THAT would have been the real tragedy.
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