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CTA to make changes as derailment clean up continues

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

The removal of the derailed train began Wednesday.

The dismantled remains of the train and the damaged sections of the CTA platform and escalator at the O'Hare station were taken out by rail. They were then loaded into CTA hauling trucks staged near Mannheim Road.

From there, the mangled pieces of metal were taken to the CTA heavy rail station in Skokie for further investigation.

Beginning early Wednesday, CTA workers were behind the tarp chopping the train into manageable pieces for removal.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Monday's accident caused six million dollars in damage. As work continues into Wednesday night to remove the debris, the CTA has already moved forward with safety changes in the way the Blue Line trains will operate.

When trains start running again, they will enter the station at no more than 15 miles per hour, instead of 25. Also, trip switches that stop trains from traveling above the speed limit will be moved back. The CTA said putting the switches farther back will allow them to work earlier.

The O'Hare station handles more than 300 trips a day. The CTA said since it was built in 1984, there have been nearly four million trips without an accident like this.

It's still not clear how long it will take to remove all the wreckage and debris so repair work can begin on the track and station itself. CTA officials said service between the Rosemont and O'Hare stations could be restored as early as this weekend.

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