CTA Surveillance Video Angers Family Of Red Line Crash Victim


THE FAMILY OF A WOMAN KILLED BY A RED LINE TRAIN SAID A LEAKED CTA VIDEO OF THE CRASH IS ONLY ADDING TO THEIR SUFFERING. AND WHAT THE VIDEO SHOWS HAS BEEN HAVING THEM FUME. WE HAVE MORE FROM THE 69TH STREET RED LINE STATION. THE FAMILY IS HEARTBROKEN, TIM. REPORTER: THE VICTIM CRAWLED ON TO THE RED LINE TRUCK TO TRY TO SAVE A CELL PHONE SHE DROPPED. HER SISTER ADMITS THAT WAS NOT A GOOD DECISION. NOW THERE ARE DISTURBING VIDEOS OUT AND SHE SAYS THE CTA MADE A MISTAKE. BRANDY MARTIN IS GOING THROUGH ENOUGH PAIN AFTER LOSING HER SISTER, FELON SMITH. MARTIN LOGGED ON TO FACEBOOK AND REALIZED THERE WAS CTA SURVEILLANCE VIDEO THAT HAD LEAKED AND WAS CIRCULATING ONLINE. WE CAN ALL SAY THE CELL PHONE WAS NOT WORTH IT BUT WE HAVE ALL DONE SOME THINGS THAT WE SHOULDN’T DO. CBS2 DECIDED TO ONLY SHOW A STILL FRAME OF THE VIDEO WHICH APPEARS TO HAVE COME FROM A CAMERA ABOVE THE PLATFORM THURSDAY. THE VIDEO SHOWS SMITH CLIMB ON TO THE TRACK TO LOOK FOR HER FOUND AND ABOUT 20 SECONDS LATER, THE TRAIN HITS HER BEFORE SHE CAN GET AWAY. MARTIN WONDERS WHY THERE WEREN’T ANY CTA OR SECURITY WORKERS ABLE TO GET HER OFF THE TRUCK. WE SPOTTED SOMEONE WHO APPEARS TO BE WITH THE SECURITY DOG. IT IS NOT CLEAR IF THAT PERSON WORKS FOR THE CTA. WE ARE TOLD MANY CTA STATIONS ARE THINLY STAFFED. MARTIN SAID THE VIDEO HAS SPARKED UGLY SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS AND RUMORS ABOUT HER SISTER. SMITH WAS A 37-YEAR-OLD MOTHER FROM THE SOUTH SIDE. CTA SENT OUT A STATEMENT LIKE THIS AFTERNOON SAYING THAT THEY DON’T KNOW HOW THE VIDEO LEAKED. THEY SAY THEY ARE INVESTIGATING AND IF AN EMPLOYEE LEAKED IT, THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE. THEY ARE ALSO INTERVIEWING WITNESSES AND EMPLOYEES ABOUT ALL THE CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE CRASH.

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