A faulty maintenance operation and track inspection were both main factors in last year’s Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway derailment that was responsible for injuring over 150 people, according to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).
A report released today states, the NTSB also determined insufficient time was allowed for inspections and limited training of inspectors also helped to contribute to unsafe conditions of the CTA’s Blue Line.
According to the report an investigation discovered that CTA inspectors failed to report defective track conditions prior to the accident, although the problems were obvious.
The CTA says they are making strides in addressing issues that were raised by the report.
About 1,000 passengers were aboard the eight-car train when it derailed during the early evening rush period on July 16, 2006, causing a smoky fire.
The accident caused more than $1 million in damage.