Last week's ride asked to identify the El crash that killed 10 people and led to a recommendation to phase out wooden cars.
The answer is the rear-end collision involving a Chicago Rapid Transit elevated train and a Chicago, North Shore & Milwaukee interurban train at Granville station on Nov. 24, 1936. A northbound el train of eight wooden and steel cars was stopped, waiting for clearance onto a local track, when the North Shore express, made up of three steel cars, slammed into it from behind at just 10 mph. Federal investigators attributed the number of casualties to the fact that the steel coaches telescoped through the wooden rear coach of the El train, destroying it.
Carl Rollberg at Calumet Park got in his answer at 6 a.m. -- and was the winner!