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Trucking/Car Accidents

Chicago is a Top City for Bike Share and Scooters, Study Says

Chicago is a top city for bike share and scooters, study says

By Ryan Smith

Curbed Chicago

Chicago trails only Honolulu, New Orleans, and Nashville among U.S. cities that could benefit the most from micromobility transit options.

Shared bikes, e-bikes, and electric scooters have the potential to reduce Chicago car trips by more than half, according to a new report from INRIX—a Washington state-based transportation data and analytics company.

Emily Hartridge, Popular YouTube Personality, Dies at 35

Emily Hartridge, popular YouTube personality, dies at 35

By Amir Vera

CNN

YouTube personality Emily Hartridge died Friday, according to an announcement made on her official Instagram account.

“This is a horrible thing to have to say over Instagram but we know many of you were expecting to see Emily today and this is the only way to contact you all at once,” the post read. “Emily was involved in an accident yesterday and passed away. We all loved her to bits and she will never be forgotten. She has touched so many lives it’s hard to imagine things without her. She was a very special person.”

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

Is Electric Scooter Safety Next on the Regulatory Menu?

By Mike Gentine

The National Law Review

A few years ago, hoverboards drew a lot of attention from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Formally known as self-balancing electric scooters, hoverboards became an instant success because they combined practical mobility and enjoyment. But that success was not without some setbacks. When news stories in 2015 linked hoverboards to fires, the same popularity that drove sales also attracted public and government scrutiny.

CTA Fires Operator of Train that Struck and Killed Woman Retrieving Phone

CTA fires operator of train that struck and killed woman retrieving phone, says in-cab video shows ‘failure to devote attention to duty’

By Mary Wisniewski

Chicago Tribune

The CTA has fired the operator of a train that struck and killed a woman who climbed down on the tracks last month to retrieve her phone.

The operator was looking away from the tracks ahead of him for about 12 seconds before the June incident at the 69th Street Red Line stop, according to a video recording taken inside the train cab and provided by the CTA in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

Truck Driver Killed in Crash that Derailed Amtrak Train

Truck driver killed in crash that derailed Amtrak Train

By Jean Kang, Mike Lowe, Courtney Gousman

WGN9

UNIVERSITY PARK, Ill. — A truck driver was killed when he apparently tried to cross the tracks in the path of an Amtrak train in south suburban University Park.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. Sunday in University Park, about 30 miles south of Chicago.

Most Drivers don’t Stop for Pedestrians Waiting at Marked Crosswalks

Most Drivers Don’t Stop For Pedestrians Waiting At Marked Crosswalks

By CBS Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — Signs are everywhere on Illinois streets, reminding drivers to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk, even if there’s no stop sign, but does anyone really yield for pedestrians?

More than 6,000 pedestrians are hit by cars every year in Illinois. Out of those, 172 are killed, including 50 children. Most pedestrian fatalities occur in marked crosswalks.

Woman Critically Injured in Overnight Divvy Bike Hit and Run

Woman Critically Injured In Overnight Divvy Bike Hit And Run

By CBS2 Chicago

CHICAGO (CBS) — A 25-year-old woman was critically injured late Sunday night when she was struck by a car while riding a Divvy bike.

The accident happened in the Humboldt Park neighborhood, near the intersection of Chicago Avenue and Rockwell Street at around 11 p.m.