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Operator in Chicago train crash admits she dozed on job before

A commuter train jumped the tracks Monday at Chicago’s  O’Hare International Airport and climbed an escalator.

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A commuter train jumped the tracks Monday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and climbed an escalator.

CHICAGO — The operator of a Chicago commuter train that crashed at O’Hare International Airport acknowledged she dozed off before the accident and told investigators she had fallen asleep at the controls one other time recently — even overshooting a station platform, a federal investigator disclosed Wednesday.

Before the crash, the operator had been running trains on the nation’s second-largest public transportation system for just two months. Monday’s accident injured more than 30 people.

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She woke up only as the eight-car train jolted onto the platform and barreled up an escalator leading into the airport.

The accident occurred around 3 a.m., as the driver was nearing the end of her shift.

The woman had an erratic work schedule, and investigators were looking to see if that played a role in her evident fatigue.

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