Less than a week after a deadly accident along the tracks of the Red Line, another incident has come to light.
According to the Washington Examiner
, a Metro maintenance vehicle carrying 20 workers crashed into a contractor’s rail truck on Saturday night. According to the paper, the impact caused a domino effect that damaged at least four vehicles.
The paper said the agency did not notify its independent track safety oversight group until Monday. The group’s chairman tells the Examiner they are supposed to be notified within two hours of an incident.
TOC Chairman Eric Madison
said the crash met the criteria of a crash involving rail transit vehicles. He said he was not personally notified of the crash and had to contact Metro Monday after hearing rumors about it. He said his vice chairman was called Monday -- well outside the two-hour window.
Metro did not report any injuries in the incident. It happened at about 8:35 p.m. between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center stations.
Earlier in the week, two Metro technicians, Jeff Garrard and Sung Oh, were killed when a piece of moving equipment backed into them near the Rockville station.
Published at 8:33 AM EST on Feb 2, 2010