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Track Maintenance Suspended After Accident

Metro says it's suspending some track maintenance after a track repairman was struck and killed by a piece of equipment while he was replacing cross-ties on a rail line.

Metro officials say they will delay some tie-replacement work, conduct increased inspections at work sites, review work rules and procedures across the system and take other steps in response to the accident.

Metro officials say 63-year-old Michael Nash of Silver Spring, Md., was hit Sunday night by a ballast regulator along the orange line in Virginia. The large piece of equipment spreads gravel and stone that keeps the track stable. Metro says Nash was a 21-year employee.

Metro says it's doing an internal review, and has notified federal transportation agencies about the incident.

-- Associated Press

By Mike McPhate  |  August 10, 2009; 5:04 PM ET
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Resign now Catoe. Where is your pride?

Posted by: Axel2 | August 10, 2009 10:08 PM | Report abuse

Why'd it take so long to post when I mentioned this incident earlier yesterday morning? Did you need all the facts to confirm the death?

Posted by: ImWithStupid | August 11, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

From Dr. Gridlock: There was a story in Monday's Metro section about the incident. It was linked from the home page on our site. There's a follow up on the front page today, and you'll also find that on the site's home page.

Posted by: Robert Thomson | August 11, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Ditto the call for Catoe's ouster. When will the Post call for it?

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | August 11, 2009 2:55 PM | Report abuse

The question is why was the ballast regulator in that location? Was this piece of equipment in transit to another location?
The sequence of work is to:
1) replace the ties,
2) dump ballast over the ties,
3) tamp the ballast under and around the ties,
4) then the regulator comes along and smoothes out the ballast.

Posted by: jimbo1949 | August 11, 2009 4:40 PM | Report abuse

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