CTA derailment leaves 4 workers unemployed, 14 passengers injured

Legal News for Illinois Train Accident Attorneys. A CTA train derailed leaving 4 workers unemployed and 14 passengers with minor injuries.

CTA derailment results in 14 minor injuries and termination of employment for crew.

Chicago, IL—A CTA train derailed on December 12, 2009, which resulted in the loss of employment for the four workers who were in charge of operating the train at the time of the derailment, according to the Chicago Tribune. Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) officials reported that the front wheels on the first train car out of six others jumped the tracks at the 59th Street intersection before 12 p.m., Saturday morning.

A missed stop signal is the alleged reasoning behind the derailment, which resulted in the termination of employment for the four workers on the CTA train at the time of the incident. Transit authority investigators allegedly explained that when the operator went past the stop signal, the track switch was not aligned for passage, subsequently causing the first train car to derail. CTA investigators noted that the cause of the derailment was most likely due to an error by one of the workers because all train equipment was functioning properly when checked.

According to a report from the Chicago Sun-Times, emergency medical services (EMS) crews responded to the scene of the derailment around 12:20 p.m., with approximately twelve ambulances to transport the injured. Of the 48 passengers aboard the green line CTA train, 14 were transported to local hospitals for the treatment of their very minor injuries. The 34 remaining passengers allegedly refused treatment for bumps and bruises acquired in the incident.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Illinois Train Accident Lawyers.