Video Shows CTA Train Plow into O'Hare Station, a Sleeping Driver at the Controls

CTA driver admits she fell asleep — and she's fallen asleep at the controls in the past.

A security camera video posted on YouTube shows the moment a CTA train plowed into the station at O'Hare International Airport early Monday morning.

The train jumped the platform and climbed up the escalator before coming to a halt.

The driver of the train has admitted she dozed off while at the controls, reports the Chicago Tribune on Wednesday. And she's fallen asleep at the controls in the past, according to the National Transportation and Safety Board. Last month, she was reprimanded after sleeping through a station stop.

"She did admit that she dozed off prior to entering the station, and she did not awake again until the train hit close to the end of the bumper," said Ted Turpin, NTSB's lead investigator.

"This time, she woke up when she hit."

Turpin said damage from the crash is estimated at $6 million.

Learn more at ChicagoTribune.com
RALPH MALPH March 29, 2014 at 02:37 PM
Union or not she should be fired , she put people's lives on the line .
BIGBAKER.. April 03, 2014 at 08:31 AM
She won`t be fired, because she start hollering DISCRIMINATION, just because I`m black your firing me? works damn near every time. and Jim 2 times sleeping,, time to fire her. not a desk job, then she will be sleeping at her desk.
jim April 03, 2014 at 08:49 AM
bigbaker agreed
Auroran April 04, 2014 at 02:58 PM
Actually, today (April 4th) she WAS fired. However, I find it a great example of ridiculous union rules that it took them this long to do so.
Tom RS. April 05, 2014 at 10:13 AM
She will have cost all us taxpayers a lot of money when this is all done. Millions in lawsuits and probably a million plus in repairs to the system. I could be wrong, but maybe a little more training and evaluation needs to be implemented before someone is turned loose at the controls...


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