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CTA changes procedures after train crash

Published: Friday, Oct. 4, 2013 7:44 a.m. CDT

CHICAGO — The Chicago Transit Authority is having employees take a series of precautionary steps to keep out-of-service, unmanned trains from moving along the tracks.

The guidance was issued late Thursday, days after an empty, four-car train traveled along a Blue Line track, slamming into a parked train and injuring dozens of people.

CTA spokesman Brian Steele tells WMAQ-TV the bulletin was initiated by the transit agency, not federal officials who are investigating Monday's collision.

He told the Chicago Sun-Times that the guidance adds "some redundancies" to controls that are already in place. He compared the new safety guidelines to wearing a "belt and suspenders and another belt."

More than 30 people were treated for minor injuries after the crash in Forest Park, about 10 miles west of Chicago.

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