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Rail workers suspended for 10-car train

Two Metro employees were suspended without pay for their role in creating a safety hazard by mistakenly putting a 10-car train into service on the Green Line last week.

Following an investigation tyson.gifby Metro, on Tuesday the train operator received a 13-day suspension without pay, and the platform supervisor was suspended for five days without pay, according to Metro spokesman Steve Taubenkibel.

A total of five Metrorail employees were removed from service on June 7 pending the investigation.

One of the employees, an interlocking operator was reassigned, Taubenkibel said Monday but would be allowed to pursue another job at Metrorail. Two other employees were cleared and allowed to return to the job, he said.

In August an operator delivered a train with two extra cars to the Greenbelt Metro station from the rail yard. That train serviced several stations before a passenger notified the operator that the train had two extra cars. The operator who delivered the train to the station tested positive for drugs and was placed on leave while in a drug rehabilitation program.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Michael Bolden  | June 17, 2010; 5:23 PM ET
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Can't they count? Bet they will learn how to count when they see their next paychecks.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | June 18, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

If the guy can afford drugs then Metro's paying him too much. Another fine example of humanity from PG.

Posted by: rustybud | June 18, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

How do you cause a problem at your job because you are on drugs and still have a job? I'm all for rehab and all but in this day and age, there are tons of people who would love a well paying Metro job and do it well drug and alcohol free. I don't have any tolerance for drugs and alcohol on the job. This person could have caused a major problem and harmed riders.

Posted by: Redial1 | June 18, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

They'll file a grievance and the arbitrator will over-turn the suspensions and ward them back-pay. If a termination for killing and punching someone (albeit a supposed joke) can't stand, what can't will a suspension for mis-counting train cars have?

Posted by: PracticalIndependent | June 18, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

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