NTSB: Operator Failure and Safety Oversight to Blame for Collision

Operator failure and “inadequate operational safety oversight” by the Chicago Transit Authority are to blame for a Feb. 2, 2004, collision of two CTA trains, the National Transportation Safety Board determined.

No one was killed in the wreck, but 42 people were injured when Purple Line train 509 collided with the rear car of standing Brown Line train 419. The trains collided about two miles from the Merchandise Mart transit station.

A third train also ran the red light and almost collided with the other two, but stopped before doing so.

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