Third Lawsuit Filed After "Ghost Train" Crash

Two-count lawsuit claims willful and wanton misconduct and seeks at least $50,000 in damages for each plaintiff

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    Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Forest Park, Ill.

    Four people who were injured in a crash involving a runaway train on the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line last September have filed a lawsuit against the transit agency.

    Jimmie Spears, Tasman Bernstein, Bridget Morrow and Andre Mack were all passengers on the westbound train that was struck by the "ghost train," according to the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court.

    While all four individuals were injured in the crash, the lawsuit claims Bernstein and Mack were temporarily disabled and unable to maintain their employment for a period of time, the lawsuit alleges.

    The suit, the third filed as a result of the crash, claims the CTA had a duty to provide safe transportation to its paying customers and that the agency was negligent when it failed to keep a train under control.

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    The two-count lawsuit claims willful and wanton misconduct and seeks at least $50,000 in damages for each plaintiff.

    A CTA spokesperson declined to comment on the lawsuit Wednesday evening.

    Thirty-three people were hurt when an unmanned train barreled into an occupied train Sept. 30, 2013, at the Harlem Avenue station in west suburban Forest Park, authorities said at the time.

    A National Transportation Safety Board probe into the crash is ongoing.