Train woes mount with Green Line derailment
In the third major CTA accident in less than two months, a southbound Green Line train derailed after an operator ignored red stop signals and entered a junction area before tracks were switched into the proper position. Fourteen passengers were hospitalized, none with serious injuries.
Passengers reported the motorman ordered them to move to one side of the car to better distribute weight in the car to avoid it from tipping onto the pavement more than 20 feet below. The motorman is a 31-year veteran of the CTA.
Investigators found that the switch was cracked, but were not sure whether the crack occurred during the accident.
In April, an unoccupied Red Line train south moving into Howard derailed. And a week before that incident an electrical problem on a Blue Line train touched off a subway evacuation of passengers.
Green Line problems in Boston too. Ironically, two Green Line trains in Boston had their own problems Wednesday, when one rear-ended another, resulting in several injuries, and reportedly the death of one operator.