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There has been a lawsuit filed over the Chicago CTA “ghost train” (i.e. unmanned train) collision that happened Monday (September 30, 2013) in Forest Park, Illinois.

An excerpt from the NBC Chicago article of October 3, 2013 titled “Lawsuit Filed After CTA Crash” :

The lawsuit was filed by Kim Quatch, who’s seeking at least $50,000 in damages. She was a passenger who was hurt on a Blue Line train that was rammed by an empty, unmanned train Monday in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park.

Additional details regarding the CTA train collision, stemming from the NTSB investigation into the issue, are seen in the October 4, 2013 Chicago Tribune article titled “NTSB: Blue Line ‘ghost train’ was left in yard with power on.”

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There has been a lawsuit filed against Chicago’s CTA by a man allegedly injured after his arm become trapped in a CTA train in December 2011.

The man, Tyron Hampton, claims that he was at the CTA’s Blue Line Austin Avenue station, and attempting to board a train, when his arm became trapped in the train’s door. The train began and Hampton was allegedly dragged by the train.

An excerpt from a December 28 Chicago Sun-Times article titled “Man dragged by Blue Line train suing CTA” :

The suit claims as Hampton was getting in the subway car, the doors closed “without notice or announcement,” trapping his right arm inside the car and the rest of his body outside the car.

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There was a fatal accident this morning as a minivan was struck by a Metra train in Chicago’s Morgan Park neighborhood.

It is being reported that the driver of the minivan went around the lowered railroad crossing gates.

The driver has been identified as Tristian Hicks Williams, 26. She died at the accident scene. Her two sons were also injured during the accident, but are expected to recover.

The accident happened near 115th and Vincennes in Morgan Park at approximately 8:15 a.m.

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There has been a $1.8 million settlement between Metra and the family of a Plainfield woman injured during an October 2003 train derailment on Metra’s Rock Island Line.

Kathryn Kuk, her husband, and daughter were passengers on the train when it derailed; two locomotives and five passenger cars derailed, injuring 45 people.

Kathryn Kuk sustained multiple injuries during the accident; she has undergone two lower back surgeries already, and will require additional surgeries. She is said to suffer debilitating back pain, and otherwise is constrained.

Metra’s board of directors approved the settlement of the personal injury lawsuit on Friday. Metra had previously admitted liability in the case.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, in a November 17 article titled “Passing train knocks worker from high-lift cherry picker“, there was a construction site accident yesterday as a passing freight train hit a construction crew working on the underside of a bridge at around 3:15 a.m. The accident occurred on the I-80 overpass near the Des Plaines River.

An excerpt from the story:

A passing freight train early this morning hit a construction crew working on the underside of a Joliet overpass, throwing one worker in a high-lift cherry picker about 80 feet to the ground, officials said.

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A fatal train/pedestrian accident occurred yesterday in Downers Grove, Illinois.

The accident occurred on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe line to Aurora.

According to Downers Grove police officials, preliminary information indicates that a woman was walking south on Main Street at approximately 6:58 p.m. She walked around lowered railroad crossing gates and behind a stopped eastbound train. At that point, she was fatally struck by a commuter train that was traveling westbound on the center tracks.

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A 27 year old woman has died Wednesday night in a train accident involving the Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line between the Arlington Park and Palatine stops, according to officials.

Details at this time appear limited; however, investigators say the Palatine woman appeared to have run out on the tracks. The accident happened around 9:35 p.m.

Additional details can be found in the September 1 Chicago Tribune story titled “Woman killed by Metra UP Northwest Line train.”

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A lawsuit and countersuit have been filed regarding the June 24 train accident involving an Amtrak train and truck in Nevada that killed six people. The accident is recalled in the June 26 CBS story titled “Death toll from Amtrak crash raised to 6.”

A lawsuit has been filed by Amtrak regarding the accident. As seen in the CBS Local story of June 30 titled “Amtrak Files Suit Against Trucking Company“:

Following the lead of an injured onboard attendant, Amtrak is suing a Nevada trucking company for at least $10 million for negligence in the hiring and training of a driver who slammed a tractor-trailer into the side of a passenger train last week, killing six.

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At least two people were killed today after a Metra Train struck an automobile in Oak Forest, Illinois. The accident occurred around 4:00 p.m.

Details are still forthcoming, but it has been reported that the accident took place after a Rock Island District Metra Train struck an automobile in Oak Forest near the train station and subsequently derailed.

The accident happened at the crossing at 167th Street and Central Avenue when inbound Joliet train No. 420 (Rock Island District Metra) struck the vehicle, according to a Metra spokeswoman.