Upon the conclusion of an investigation into the March 2014 train derailment at the Chicago Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and federal investigators determined multiple parties should share the blame. The Blue Line accident occurred at approximately 3 AM in the morning. Authorities concluded driver fatigue likely played a role in the accident after determining the operator was exhausted from working 12 straight days in a row.
In the eight car accident, 32 individuals on board suffered serious injuries when a commuter train derailed at O’Hare International Airport. Eyewitness accounts and video recordings indicate that the train was traveling at too fast a speed while approaching the “end of line” train station. At the accelerated speed, the commuter train never stopped in time to avoid a shock absorber “bumping post” positioned at the end of the train tracks.
Before coming to a complete stop, the train crashed into a platform after scaling an escalator that provided ingress and egress to the underground station. The early morning timing of the accident likely played a crucial role in saving many lives and casualties. This is because the active station at the airport is typically heavily congested with travelers and employees at busier times of the day.