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Chicago transit agency fires driver after crash

Published: Friday, April 4, 2014 12:51 p.m. CDT

CHICAGO — Chicago transit officials have fired a train operator who acknowledged dozing off before crashing a commuter train at the O'Hare International Airport station.

The March 24 crash injured more than 30 passengers and sent the eight-car train barreling up an escalator leading into the airport.

Chicago Transit Authority spokesman Brian Steele says the operator was fired Friday.

A federal investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board said last week that the operator told him she dozed off before the crash and had done so on another occasion in February when she overshot a station platform.

The CTA says it does not believe her work schedule played a role, but it announced changes Friday that it says will make its scheduling guidelines some of the most stringent in the nation.

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