Skip to comments.NTSB: Operator in O'Hare crash had fallen asleep at controls before
Posted on 03/26/2014 7:46:07 PM PDT by WeatherGuy
The train operator who was asleep during the Blue Line crash at O'Hare International Airport also had dozed off at the controls in another incident less than two months earlier, a federal investigator said Wednesday.
The stunning revelation that the operator admitted dozing off twice came as National Transportation Safety Board experts wrapped up three days of on-site investigations into how an eight-car subway train could smash through a barrier, leap a station platform and end up atop an escalator.
But the CTA said it was unaware that the operator was asleep during a Feb. 1 incident and would have taken harsher disciplinary measures against her had it known.
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Tasers have a purpose.
Wonder if drugs or alcohol were involved.
Notice that the uniformed police or security officer does an admirable job of trying to pull the civilian bystander out of harms way as the train was coming up the stairs in the video.
Just a guess - one of Holder’s people??
women drivers. surprised she wasn’t talkin on her iphone.
b/c gubmint jobs is welfare for holder’s people who can’t get a job unless the only important thing is that they’re the desired color.
The driver remains anonymous. A protected victim of employment schedule and failure of safety mechanisms to protect her from herself.
“Wonder if drugs or alcohol were involved.”
I’ll guess that union rules would prohibit any post-event substance testing on the grounds that self-esteem may be harmed. A lab draw would be triple time too.
I CAN relate to being drowsy at those times of night. To use an old phrase, “If one burns the candle at both ends, your are bound to get burned”. If the trains driver had not had adequate rest, falling asleep at the wheel would certainly be a pretty severe consequence and perhaps that in itself can explain the wreck.
It’s one thing to have humans controlling machinery such as this, but another to not have automatic detection blocks to shut the train down under these circumstances. Automatic detection is nearly ubiquitous in rail today.