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Federal officials say train operator "dozed off"

Federal officials say the operator of a train that crashed into an escalator at O'Hare International Airport ``dozed off'' before the train entered the underground station.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin says Wednesday that the operator woke up when the train jumped off the tracks and hit the escalator early Monday.

He says the woman also admitted she'd fallen asleep on the job in February, partially missing a station.

She has been a train operator for about 60 days.

Monday's crash at O'Hare International Airport's underground station happened around 3 a.m., injuring more than 30 people.

The NTSB is investigating the woman's training, scheduling and disciplinary history.

Crews were cutting apart the lead car of an eight-car train that was damaged during the crash.

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  1. Paula posted on 03/26/2014 12:01 PM
    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.
    1. Scotland posted on 03/26/2014 02:33 PM
      @Paula WRONG, YOU MUTT! The driver was a WOMAN! This issue has nothing to do with unions. It's all about the mistake of allowing women to operate motor vehicals...and to leave the house without a man's permission. Give your head a shake. DUH.
    2. bill posted on 03/26/2014 03:16 PM
      @Scotland You forgot she was wearing a hijab or whatever, and either couldn't see or it got caught in the controls. So obvious
  2. PhyllisP posted on 03/26/2014 03:46 PM
    Why are we not permitted to view the Rob Ford makes punch line video on the Jon Stewart daily show? Thank You. PPP.
  3. TOMSIMMONDS posted on 03/26/2014 04:42 PM
    THE BILL TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS WOULDN'T BE VERY MUCH RIGHT?
    HERE IN CANADA, WE HAVE AUTOMATIC BRAKING SYSTEMS TO PREVENT THIS SORT OF THING FROM HAPPENING
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