Metro Employee Pinned Under Train at Shady Grove

Medical personnel on the scene

Tuesday, May 29, 2012  |  Updated 9:39 PM EDT
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A metro worker got pinned under a train today at the Shady Grove Rail Yard.  Pat Collins reports.

Pat Collins

A metro worker got pinned under a train today at the Shady Grove Rail Yard. Pat Collins reports.

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A Metro employee was flown by medical helicopter to a local hospital Tuesday afternoon after being pinned under a Metro train after being struck at the Shady Grove railyard.

The employee was pinned under the train for more than an hour until medical personnel were able to free him about 2:15 p.m. He was reported to be conscious and alert throughout the extrication, Metro said. The employee suffered potentially life-threatening injuries injuries and was flown to a level-one trauma center.

The employee, a 25-year Metro veteran, was in an area where Metro trains are washed when he was struck. There were no passengers on the train at the time.

Red Line service was not affected.

Metro said it was conducting a "safety stand-down" at the Shady Grove Yard, where employees were being offered counseling and safety practices are being reviewed.

Metro said it has launched an investigation into the incident. The NTSB and Tri-State Oversight Committee have been notified.

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