CHICAGO (CBS) — A woman who was on her way to work at O’Hare is one of four people to file lawsuits after Monday’s Blue Line crash at O’Hare. CBS 2’s Suzanne Le Mignot talked with her.
“It’s just horrific,” said Milka Overton while looking at video of the CTA Blue Line train. She says she was using to get to work and was in the third car.
“We were going full speed. All I could do is hold on and try to brace myself,” said Overton. “It was a big boom. The lights went out. I heard everyone screaming, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God! Jesus!”
Overton says she’s been to the hospital three times in three days for pain. She can’t move her left arm. Doctors say she may have torn ligaments. She’s waiting for an MRI.
The TSA officer says what troubles her is, this is the second time the CTA motorman has dozed off at the controls.
“The very first time that you’ve fallen asleep behind the wheel, I believe you should have been fired,” said Overton. “You’re working with the public.”
Overton is among the passengers filing suit against the CTA because of injuries.
“We’re going to be looking very closely at CTA policy and procedures, especially given a second infraction,” said Attorney Bridget Duignan.
Meantime, Overton says when her four-year-old son saw the crash video, he asked her how she got off the train alive. Overton says, she told her son, God saved her life, especially when she saw first-hand, how violent the impact was, sending the train straight up the escalator.