CTA changes procedures after runaway train crash

Chicago Train Crash

Authorities inspect the wreckage of two Chicago Transit Authority trains that crashed Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, in Forest Park, Ill. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green)


CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Transit Authority has told employees to take a series of precautionary steps to keep out-of-service, unmanned trains from moving along the tracks.

The guidance was issued late Thursday, three days after an empty, four-car train traveled the wrong way along a Blue Line track before slamming into a parked train at the Harlem stop and injuring dozens of people.

"We wanted to look at adding some redundancies to the controls we already have in place, so we added a few things related to the procedures of storing cars in for repair," CTA spokesman Brian Steele told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Some of it is re-emphasizing procedures already in place, and some are new things."

He compared the new safety redundancies to wearing a "belt and suspenders, and another belt."

The train was in a service yard awaiting repairs when it left the parked area, went past a turnaround and through another station before the accident at the station in Forest Park, about 10 miles west of Chicago.

Video footage shows that no one was driving the four-car train. More than 30 people were treated for minor injuries.

The Blue Line connects Chicago's near-western suburbs with the city's downtown and O'Hare International Airport.

Steele told WMAQ-TV the bulletin was initiated by the transit agency, not federal officials who are investigating Monday's collision

An investigation into what caused the crash is continuing.

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