First lawsuit filed in CTA crash

Friday, October 4th, 2013 5:10 PM
Updated: Tuesday, October 8th, 2013 4:05 PM

Forest Park Review
A passenger wounded in the Sept. 30 Blue Line crash in Forest Park filed a lawsuit against the CTA Oct. 2.

Plaintiff Kim Quach said she was injured as a passenger on the stationary eight-car train when a driverless four-car train struck it head-on at the Harlem Avenue CTA stop. According to Quach’s complaint, she was injured by the accident. The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, accused the CTA of “carelessly and negligently” operating the trains, failing to look out for an approaching train, operating a train at an excessive rate of speed, failing to apply brakes, ignoring train signals and failing to yield the right of way, causing the two trains to collide at around 7:40 a.m.

“My client was injured as a result of this accident,” said Quach’s lawyer Robert Smoler in a statement. “Not only [Quach] but the entire city wants to know how this accident could have possibly happened.”

-Jean Lotus