Four CTA Employees Suspended Following Derailment

Green Line train derailed just before noon Saturday

By BJ Lutz
|  Monday, Dec 14, 2009  |  Updated 8:15 PM CDT
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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)

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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.

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.

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