Alexandria Mayor Injured in Metro Station Fall

Mayor Bill Euille, also a Metro board member, slipped while boarding train

By Elaine Reyes
|  Friday, Oct 1, 2010  |  Updated 8:45 AM EDT
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Alexandria Mayor Injured in Metro Station Fall

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A word of caution to Metrorail customers: Tiles at many of its stations are slippery when wet. 

Alexandria Mayor and Metro board member Bill Euille found out for himself as he attempted to catch a train at the Braddock Road Metro station on Thursday, according to WTOP.  Euille was on his way to a Metro Board meeting, the station reported, when he slipped on a tile while boarding.

Euille told WTOP that half of his body was inside the train and the other half was out. He now faces surgery after suffering a dislocated kneecap and ligament damage.

Metro has already looked at improving the tile floors at its 86 stations. Two years ago, it spent $300,000 to replace a section of floor at the Takoma Metrorail station platform. It tested pre-cast concrete paver tiles and replaced the original quarry tile used in its original construction. Tests show the new tile is safer and more economical for the transit system. It will be used in the construction of all future Metrorail stations.

Euille is resting at home and said it may be time to revisit the issue. 

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