PHOTOS: Blue Line Train Removed; Service Resumes At Harlem Station
CHICAGO (CBS) – Service resumed at the Blue Line Harlem Station early Wednesday morning following a crash between two trains that left 33 injured earlier in the week.An out-of-service, unmanned train smashed into an occupied train at the west suburban Forest Park station Monday morning, leaving a crumpled wreck on the tracks and closing the station to traffic.
That crashed train was finally removed from the tracks early Wednesday morning, with regular service resuming about 3:30 a.m.
CTA maintenance records show the 2 disabled cars that were to be towed to the repair shop, cars 3 and 4 of the runaway train, were taken out of service because of unexpected and unexplained control shifts without commands from operators.
The president of the CTA’s rail union said the whole incident is alarming.
“There is a problem here. We have people working in these yards 24 hour a day, seven days a week,” said ATU Local President Robert Kelly.
“If trains are all of a sudden moving on their own, I’ve never heard of that in the 27 years I’ve been with this company. It’s a great concern.”
The NTSB is still in the early stages of its investigation and have not offered any conclusions on what caused the accident.
Witnesses reported that the four-car train, traveling eastbound before smashing into a standing westbound train at Harlem Avenue in Forest Park, did not have a driver.