Lawsuits Begin in Derailed Train Accident

Three lawsuits have been filed since the Blue Line train derailed at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport in which 32 people were injured. Although the investigation is ongoing, Robert Kelly, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local, said there were indications the female operator of the train “may have dozed off.”

Niakesha Thomas, a single mother of a one-year-old suffered lower back and hip injuries. Due to her injuries, Ms. Thomas is unable to return to work. She is the sole breadwinner for her and her baby. A woman who was sitting in the first car claims that she was catapulted forward as the car went up the escalator resulting in severe pain from a broken foot, as well as neck and back injuries. Both lawsuits accuse the CTA of negligence and seek unspecified damages.

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