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NTSB releases Metro crash pictures

(National Transportation Safety Board photos)

As part of its public docket on the June 2009 Red Line crash, the National Transportation Safety Board released images last week from another Metro accident.

The photographs show the damage caused to trains at a Northern Virginia rail yard on Nov. 29 when one six-car train crashed into another that was parked. The crash at the West Falls Church yard injured the train operator and two rail car cleaners who were aboard the parked train.

The accident caused at least $9 million in damage, but estimates ranged as high as $36 million because all 12 rail cars were damaged, as was the track the two trains were on. New cars cost about $3 million each. Three cars were damaged beyond repair. Metro fired the train operator.




The NTSB currently has four open investigations into incidents at Metro, including the Red Line crash. Other investigations include a February accident near Farragut North Station, where a train derailed as a safety measure, and a January accident near Rockville Station that killed two track workers.

"No one can recall another time when the NTSB has had four open investigations involving a single transit system," NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson told The Post in February. "When we see numerous accidents in a relatively short period of time, we want to determine what, if any, common elements there are that may need to be addressed."

The NTSB is scheduled to issue a formal finding into the cause of the Red Line crash July 27.

Metro train hits one parked at rail yard | NTSB plans probe of West Falls Church rail crash | Metro fires operator who hit parked train

By Michael Bolden  | July 19, 2010; 9:34 AM ET
Categories:  Metro, NTSB, Transit  
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This just proves that putting the 1000 series in the middle was nothing more than a PR stunt. I'd rather they use train consists with all one series. The trains just ride better when they are all the same.

Posted by: Razor04 | July 19, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

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