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CTA alligator is not the first WTF thing to happen on the Blue Line

November 13, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Let’s all stop pretending a woman with an alligator is the strangest thing that’s ever happened on the Blue Line.

Yeah, in retrospect, someone carrying a two-foot reptile around giving absolutely zero damns is strange. But it didn’t raise eyebrows enough for the CTA to have any leads into how the woman made it to O’Hare, and for the alligator to subsequently take up residence under an escalator.

Remember The Great Poop Sock Incident of 2012? In December, a woman was hit with a sock filled with feces by a man who boarded, and then quickly fled. Oak Park Police released photos, but they never caught the guy.

In February 2012, the Blue Line was briefly shut down in Logan Square. A rooster had to be rescued by a Chicago Police Officer, and the whole mini-crisis was caught on camera.

It’s been just over a month since a Blue Line train went rogue September 30, smashing into another Blue Line train in an incident that’s baffled everyone. The collision injured more than 30 people, and in the fallout the incident has been  dubbed the “Ghost Train,” as no one was in the conductors seat and several failsafes did not stop the train.

And finally, you can scroll until your eye twitches on Yelp! finding customer reviews and odd incidents in the entire CTA system.

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