Deadly CTA accident 30 years ago
The CTA endured one of it most horrifc hours 30 years ago Sunday, when a Lake-Dan Ryan train rounded the bend at Wabash and Lake and rear-ended a Ravenswood train waiting to pull into the State-Lake station.
180 are injured as 4 cars plunge to crowded street (Chicago Tribune article via chicago-l.org)
Eleven people were killed, and at lest 250 were injured.
From a Chicago Public Library article:
"The official report largely blamed the motorman of the Lake-Dan Ryan train. Possible contributing causes were problems with the design of the warning signals and inadequate training. The motorman had a poor safety record including such things as a prior derailment and several violations for reading while in motion. The motorman had four marijuana cigarettes in his shoulder bag, and drug tests showed he had used marijuana, but not other drugs or alcohol."
The Tribune article noted:
"AUTHORITIES SAID the crash occurred at about 5:25 p.m. when an eight-car westbound Lake-Dan Ryan train rounded the curve at Lake and Wabash and struck the rear of a Ravenswood train.
"The latter train had halted short of the elevated platform at State and Lake Streets, apparently for an Evanston Express train that was in the station. The Evanston Express normally travels in the opposite direction on another set of tracks. A CTA spokesman said earlier switching problems had caused the Evanston train to be switched onto the tracks normally used by the Ravenswood and Lake-Dan Ryan trains. The spokesman said the problem had been corrected 17 minutes before the crash."
Eerie parallels to current problems on the CTA.