Metro GM Describes Train Safety Steps
Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr., looking like he had aged a few years overnight, told the biggest crowd of reporters I've ever seen at a Metro board meeting that these safety precautions are in effect: Trains are being operated manually, rather than automatically. They are operating at reduced speeds. And all trains, no matter how long, are supposed to pull to the front of the platform, to avoid any chance that the rear car doors will open in a tunnel because the operator forgot how long the train was.
But he also said those moves don't reflect any conclusions -- not even inclinations -- about what caused the Red Line train crash Monday. Catoe said he would not speculate on a cause. He went on to say that there was no indication of signal failure or of operator error.
He had heard speculation about whether the operator, who died in the crash, had been somehow at fault, and was particularly animated in stating that there was "not one letter of evidence" even leaning toward a conclusion that the crash was the fault of the operator.
June 23, 2009; 5:40 PM ET
Categories: Metro | Tags: Catoe, Metrorail accident, Red Line crash
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