Four CTA Employees Suspended Following Derailment

Green Line train derailed just before noon Saturday

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    TK
    Sun-Times Media
    Fourteen people were hospitalized with "minor" injuries when a CTA Green Line train car derailed Saturday morning on the elevated tracks on the South Side. CTA spokeswoman Katelyn Thrall said a Green Line train derailed about 11:55 a.m. at the 59th Street junction, where the Ashland Branch meets the east 63rd Branch. Fire Media Affairs Director Larry Langford said the train was on the 63rd/Ashland branch when it derailed as it turned onto the main line to go north. Only one car of the six-car train left the tracks, but that car remained upright. Firefighters helped 48 people off the train and down a CTA stairway at the 59th Street tower. Fourteen passengers were taken to local hospitals with �bumps and bruises.� Thirty-four passengers refused treatment, Langford said. An EMS Plan 2 response, which sends about a dozen ambulances to the scene, was initiated about 12:20 p.m. and secured just before 1 p.m., Langford said. (PHOTO BY Mary Wisniewski/Sun-Times)

    Four Chicago Transit Authority employees have been suspended without pay following last weekend's derailment of a Green Line train on the city's South Side, the Chicago Tribune reports.

    Suspended pending the outcome of an investigation were the train's front and rear operators, a supervisor overseeing the shuttle operation and a control tower employee.

    Fourteen people were hospitalized with "minor" injuries when a Green Line train car derailed just before noon Saturday on the elevated tracks at the 59th Street junction, where the Ashland Branch meets the east 63rd Branch.

    Green Line Train Jumps Tracks

    [CHI] Green Line Train Jumps Tracks
    14 people were hurt when a CTA Green Line train went off the tracks on the Chicago's southeast side.

    Thirty-four passengers refused treatment.

    The derailment happened at the same spot as a May 2008 derailment. The National Transportation Safety Board has yet to conclude its investigation in that case, the preliminary finding was operator error.