Fatigued Driver, Design Flaws Blamed For 2014 O'Hare Blue Line DerailmentNTSB officials pointed to the trip arms and bumping posts at the O’Hare terminal at the end of the tracks, saying neither could adequately slow or stop the train, after the operator nodded off while pulling into the terminal.
Seven Dead In Small Plane Crash Near BloomingtonThe Federal Aviation Administration confirmed a Cessna 414 flying from Indianapolis to Bloomington went down about two miles away from Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington just after midnight. McLean County Sheriff Jon Sandage confirmed all seven people on board were killed in the crash.
New Studies Point Out Dangers Of 'Talking' To CarJust because you can talk to your car doesn't mean you should. Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.
Madigan Says Federal Government Should Investigate Data BreachesIllinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday called for the formation of a new federal agency to investigate data breaches in much the same way the National Transportation Safety Board investigates plane and train crashes.
NTSB: Blue Line 'Trip Stop' At O'Hare Was Too Close To The End Of The TrackNTSB officials had previously said the train’s operator, Brittney Haywood, admitted falling asleep at the controls as the train was pulling into the O’Hare station, but that automated systems in place were designed to stop the train if she did not hit the brakes.
Derailed CTA Train Removed From O'Hare; Station Could Reopen By WeekendCTA officials have removed damaged train cars from the escalator and platform at O'Hare International Airport, and hope to reopen the station by this weekend, following a Blue Line derailment that injured more than 30 people earlier this week.
NTSB: CTA Operator Dozed Off, Didn't Wake Up Until Crash At O'HareFederal investigators said the woman who was operating the Blue Line that crashed at O'Hare International Airport on Monday admitted she dozed off before the crash, and didn't wake up until it derailed and slammed into an escalator.
NTSB: Automated Stopping System Activated Before Blue Line CrashFederal investigators said an automated braking system known as a "track trip" activated just before a CTA Blue Line train derailed at O'Hare International Airport and plowed into an escalator, but it's not clear if the system applied the brakes as quickly as it should.
Blue Line Operator Dozed Off Before Train Jumped Tracks At O'Hare just before 3 a.m. Monday, a train failed to stop as it pulled into the O’Hare station, and jumped the tracks onto the platform, then went up the escalator, stopping just short of the turnstiles.
Metra Seeks Delay In Deadline For New Safety System, Citing CostMetra and other railroads have until the end of 2015 to install “positive train control” systems – which allow a computer to override human error, and take control of a train, but railroads have asked for a three-year extension to implement the system.
NTSB: Aborted Landing Preceded Bolingbrook Plane CrashThe report, issued Thursday, does not indicate what caused the Sept. 25 crash that killed the pilot, Narayan Venguswamy, 63, and his wife, Jay, from Georgetown, Ky.
TWA 800 Victims' Daughter: Missile Coverup 'Impossible"A Chicago woman who lost her father and stepmother in the crash of TWA Flight 800 in 1996 said she doesn’t believe claims made in a new documentary that the plane was brought down by a missile and was covered up by government investigators.