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Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 161 (International)
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Date: August 17, 2015 05:21PM

Trainnews - volume 8 - issue 161 (International) - 08/17/15

This day in Railroad History

August 17, 1984
Outbound Chicago Transit Authority eight-car "A" train No. 135 left the Montrose Avenue Station and as it slowly ascended a 3.1-percent grade, the motorman saw "yellow dynamic" brake lights illuminated on the second and seventh cars. The train rolled to a stop, and the motorman secured the cab and went back to cut out the brakes on the second car. While the motorman was out of the cab, train No. 135 began to roll backward down the grade. The motorman ran back to the cab and attempted to stop the train; however, he did not stop it. Train No. 135, moving backwards at about 20 mph, struck following CTA eight-car "B" train No. 143, which was standing just south of the Montrose Avenue Station. One passenger was killed, and 46 passengers and 3 crewmembers were injured. The NTSB determines that the probable cause of this accident was the failure of the motorman of train No. 135 to apply the track brakes while the train was rolling downhill. Contributing to the accident was the failure of the CTA to assure that the motorman was skilled in emergency procedures.

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