Lessons learned from Blue Line subway fire
So the good news is that just a couple people were hospitalized in serious condition after the fire and derailment of the Blue Line just north of Clark and Lake. About 120 people were taken to hospitals, so certainly it could have been much worse.
CTA President Frank Kruesi said the train motorman followed all procedures and acted quickly to lead passengers to safety. Excellent work.
But still there are some lessons to be learned here, and some precautions for the future.
- Familiarize yourself with the placards of trains stating what to do in an emergency
- Don't panic. Listen to the motorman. Exit quickly but in an orderly fashion. It appears passengers did just that Tuesday.
- If you're not a member now, sign up for the CTA Alerts to get wireless alerts via text message or email. We got about 20 alerts Tuesday -- from both passengers and the CTA -- with great info about what was happening.
For the CTA:
- Have a disaster plan in place that includes putting alternate transportation modes into place more quickly.
- Continue to use CTA Alerts to communicate to all passengers, but find a way to expand the reach.
- Get to the bottom of what caused this accident and FIX whatever it was. Learn from this.
- Get other cellular companies to sign on to lease subway communication lines. Obviously, an emergency is the perfect use for cellular technology.
Let's take away some good lessons from what could have been a real disaster.