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CTA Operator Asleep when Blue Line Train Crashed at O’Hare Airport

She is a newly trained Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) operator, with just 60 days under her belt when she was at the helm of the Blue Line train that jumped the tracks, crashed through an end barrier, climbed stairs, and finally came to rest at the top of an escalator at O’Hare Airport earlier this week. Yet, being newly trained and inexperienced is not the reason she crashed.

According to a story posted by The Chicago Tribune, “the operator has openly told investigators of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that she was asleep at the wheel.”

But, wait there is more…

In addition, the operator has reported to the authorities that this is not the first time she fell asleep on the job. She cited an earlier incident where she was “asleep at the wheel” as she headed toward the Belmont Station on February 1, and overshot the station at that time.

Now, granted it was 0242 in the morning at the time of the O’Hare crash, and at this time of night many people are snuggled warmly in their beds, sound asleep. Moreover, it is the very time of the crash occurring which may have what prevented serious or fatal injuries at the station.

The NTSB is saying that the train’s emergency brakes should have stopped the train before it jumped the tracks, climbed stairs, and landed at the top of an escalator “if the operator’s hand leaves the switch” but if the operator’s hand is still touching the switch…

I understand how hard night shifts are as I have been a Psychiatric RN working in a hospital based crisis stabilization program for years. There is no way I would sleep at the nurse’s station. First, it would endanger my life. Second, it would endanger my peers and patients.

Falling asleep on the job happens everywhere and I get that.

However, if you fall asleep on the job more than once, seriously, you need to reconsider what your job is and consider a different job on a different shift. No job is worth your life or the life of others. Additionally, I can say if I was responsible for hurting or killing people on the job I doubt I would ever sleep soundly again.


Halloween Illegal Alien Costume Controversy

A Halloween costume depicting an illegal alien is at the hot seat of controversy according to CNN News. Apparently people with friends who are illegal aliens living in these United States are voicing upset at the costume which sports a familiar orange prison type jumpsuit, the words illegal alien across the back, a space alien mask, and a fake green card. A second version of the costume has an orange jump suit, the words illegal alien across the back, a green card and a space alien mask with a ball cap and a handle bar mustache.

This costume is upsetting the illegal immigrants of our country. Seriously? Who cares! Let me get this political correctness straight for the record… There are illegal aliens (people whom have entered the USA) by sneaking over the border or letting their work visa expire and we are suppose to care that a Halloween costume is offending them? I say tell the illegal aliens that are upset, GO HOME!

According to the article in the Chicago Tribune, The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, known as CHIRLA, “began receiving e-mails from concerned legal immigrants on Friday” and CHIRLA “wrote a letter asking several retailers, including Target, Walgreens, and Amazon, to stop offering the costume”.

One man interviewed for the story was Guillermo Iglesias. Mr. Iglesias, found the costume offensive “because it depicted illegal immigrants as not one of us.” Apparently both his parents were illegal immigrants, and he has several illegal immigrant friends in the USA. Honestly… I think a judge should request a court-order to check Mr. Iglesias’ cell phone records and emails and deport those illegal immigrant friends of his living here. The truth be told Mr. Iglesias, illegal immigrants are not one of us. Those of us whom are residents of the United States are here legally. THAT is the way it should be.

Jay Leno had previously commented about illegal immigration and Homeland Security, “You read about all these terrorists, most of them came here legally, but they hung around on these expired visas, some for as long as 10-15 years. Now, compare that to Blockbuster, you’re two days late with a video and those people are all over you. Let’s put Blockbuster in charge of immigration”!
Does anyone else find this is ridiculously insane that we are worried about upsetting those people who are here illegally? Grow up America; this politically correct BS is turning America into a land of wussies!