Train derailment at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport injures 32

A passenger train derailed and landed on an escalator at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, leaving 32 injured. (Reuters)
March 24
ILLINOIS
Train derailment at airport injures 32

An eight-car Chicago public-transit train jumped the tracks, skidded across a platform and scaled an escalator that leads to one of the nation’s busiest airports early Monday, injuring 32 people.

Investigators had not drawn any conclusions about the cause of the derailment at the end of the Blue Line at O’Hare International Airport, National Transportation Safety Board investigator Tim DePaepe said Monday. The Chicago Transit Authority train operator, who was still hospitalized, will be interviewed, DePaepe said.

Monday’s accident occurred almost six months after an unoccupied Blue Line train rumbled down a track for nearly a mile and struck another train head-on at the other end of the line.

— Associated Press

NEW YORK
Jail worker charged with rights violation

A jail guard supervisor accused of violating an inmate’s rights by ignoring his pleas for medical attention in the hours before his death was arrested by federal authorities on Monday.

Terrence Pendergrass was charged with violating the rights of Jason Echevarria, who was in a unit at the Rikers Island jail for inmates needing mental health treatment at the time of his death in August 2012, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara in Manhattan announced.

Pendergrass faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison if convicted. His attorney didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Echevarria was in the mental health unit after suicide attempts, including swallowing a battery.

— Associated Press

Cigarette caused N.J. motel fire: A cigarette discarded in a stuffed chair started a fire that killed four people at a New Jersey shore motel last week, authorities said Monday. Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato said the cigarette was discarded carelessly in the designated second-floor smoking area at the Mariner’s Cove Motor Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, where guests included some people who had been displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

Man held over threat to U.S. senator: A West Virginia man has been arrested on charges of making violent threats against Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) and his family. A federal prosecutor said Steven Anthony Major, 49, of Barboursville was arrested Friday.

— Associated Press

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