CCTV footage has leaked out that captures the train wreck on Chicago’s CTA Blue Line Monday at Chicago O’Hare Airport—
The train operator has admitted that she “dozed off” before the accident and has done so before.
National Transportation Safety Board investigator Ted Turpin said the woman operating the train had been working as an operator for about two months and acknowledged she’d previously fallen asleep on the job in February, when her train partially missed a station.
“She did admit that she dozed off prior to entering the station,” he said during a briefing Wednesday. “She did not awake until the train hit.”
He said the woman, who was cooperating with the investigation, often worked an erratic schedule, filling in for other CTA employees.
“Her hours would vary every day,” he said.
The station remains closed and damage is expected to exceed $6MN USD.
Thankfully, while the injury count has risen to 30, no one was seriously injured.