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Metro Alert: Metro Worker Struck at Braddock Rd.

1:35 p.m. Update: Metro says regular service has been restored on the Blue and Yellow Lines. Service was restored at 12:43 p.m., two hours after the Metro employee was struck. See more details in this story.

Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates said a person was struck by a train at 10:40 a.m. between the Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations, outside the tunnel from Potomac Yard.

Preliminary reports indicate that the injured person was a Metro employee, Gates said. He's been transported to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries are unclear at this time, she said.

Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein warns that customers should expect major delays for the rest of the morning and into the afternoon.

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said just after 11:30 a.m. that the employee remains alive and is being transported to a local hospital.

"It's always a setback anytime you have an accident where someone's injured," Catoe said.

Catoe said he's trying to figure out how an accident could happen after safety procedures have "intensified tremendously" over the summer in the wake of the June 22 crash.

Gates said speed restrictions have been in place in that area of track. Trains in the area are holding. Shuttles are carrying passengers between King St., Braddock Rd. and the Reagan National Airport. As of 11:30 a.m., Metro said 15 shuttle buses are in service.

Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said that no workers had permission to be on the area of track where the accident happened. Metro workers who had been on the other track in that area are all accounted for, Gates said.

--James Hohmann and Lena Sun

This post has been updated since it was first published.

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By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 10, 2009; 11:02 AM ET
Categories:  Commuting , Metro  | Tags: WMATA  
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Comments

Has the mob taken over metro? They are just putting hits out left and right.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | September 10, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Metro needs to add cow catchers to the front of its trains.

Oh, and replace management and conductors with Oompa-Loompas.

Posted by: zippyspeed | September 10, 2009 11:23 AM | Report abuse

What on earth is going on with Metro?! I've been taking taxis since the Red Line catastrophe. And how horribly ironic that the previous metro update here is titled "Metro Pledges Better Communication on Track Work"... Did they merely raise their right hands and 'pledge'??

Posted by: UptightCitizensBrigade | September 10, 2009 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Given the continued pathetic performance of Metro (had to wait 17 min. for an Orange line train at Farragut West last night at 7:30 pm) it may be time for a "control board"-style takeover of the agency.

Posted by: VirgilCaine | September 10, 2009 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Unbelievable, just unbelievable.

God bless my car.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | September 10, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

"Catoe said he's trying to figure out how an accident could happen after safety procedures have "intensified tremendously" over the summer in the wake of the June 22 crash."

The statement of a manager who has NO clue whatsoever...

Posted by: cbmuzik | September 10, 2009 12:09 PM | Report abuse

Has the mob taken over metro? They are just putting hits out left and right.

Posted by: devilsadvoc8 | September 10, 2009 11:14 AM
+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + +

Tony Soprano and his crew are free lancing with pickup work while they wait on: "Sopranos the Movie".....Bada Bing!

Posted by: Bigrcube | September 10, 2009 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Catoe Must Go

Posted by: td_photog | September 10, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

"Catoe said he's trying to figure out how an accident could happen after safety procedures have "intensified tremendously" over the summer in the wake of the June 22 crash."

The statement of a manager who has NO clue whatsoever...

Posted by: cbmuzik | September 10, 2009 12:09 PM
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Ahem.....Mr. Catoe.....the injured person is a Metro Employee. How about checking YOUR application process and do some background checks and administer a few entrance exams to weed out the MORONS and CRETINS.

Posted by: Bigrcube | September 10, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

I saw those track workers who were working hard over the Labor Day weekend for Metro. They told me they were volunteers. They were emerging from their work late at night having worked like dogs all day long on the track. They were sweaty and their faces were smeared with dirt. They were being bussed by a company bus from Pentagon to some location after completing their work.

I want to cry when I think it might be one of these people I talked to on a Saturday evening as I was taking the bus from the Pentagon to my home.

Metro's workers are now its victims, too.

Who cares if the employee whowas hit by a train was "authorized" to be in a certain area? Perhaps he is one of those volunteers who go the extra mile.

I am disgusted with Metro's attitude that their workers are the ones who are the spoilers. When the accident happened at Takoma in June Metro called into question the train operator as their first reaction to the news. Yet it appears that Metro's management of its signal systems is probably the reason for its problems.

I am afraid to ride the train and we all should be. We cannot keep allowing this typically mismanaged Washington organization to keep killing people as they do.

We do not have to worry about terrorism if we have Metro in our midst.

The track maintenance that was going on over Labor Day was precisely in the area where this employee was struck. Is there a connection here?

Posted by: eyemakeupneeded1 | September 10, 2009 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Sign on Metro Headquarters:

"6 days injury free!"

Time to cross out the number and change it to zero...again.

What should the over/under be until the next metro related injury or death?

Posted by: UMDTerpsGirl | September 10, 2009 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Why is that the New York City subway system ran more efficiently on Sept. 11th than Metro does on a regular basis?

It is about time the Metro board show some gumption and fire Catoe and all managerial employees, since they continually demonstrate that they couldn't manage anything more complex than a bingo game.

Posted by: mthack | September 10, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I take the Green Line. It never seems to have any problems. :^D

Posted by: fbutler1 | September 10, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Catoe must go!

Despite the fact that he's got his yet another Metro Accident speech down pat. Unfortunately mouthing platitudes is not why he has that job but to stop this continual slide of Metro bad news that has happened since he took office. At first I thought it was just bad luck for him but this is becoming a pattern.

Posted by: dre7861 | September 10, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

"As of 11:30 a.m., Metro said 15 shuttle buses are in service."

That is a lie. I was there, and there was one shuttle bus in service.

Posted by: jon_voights_car | September 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

UMDTerpsGirl:

The over/under is about the same as the odds of the Nationals winning the World Series.

Posted by: mthack | September 10, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"As of 11:30 a.m., Metro said 15 shuttle buses are in service."

That is a lie. I was there, and there was one shuttle bus in service.

No surprise there. Metro routinely lies to cover up their incompetence and flat out dangerous behavior. This organization is sinking fast and unfortunately there is no rescue in sight.

Posted by: Axel2 | September 10, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm shocked; shocked to find out that Metro lies. This is, after all, the very same transit agency that (on its Web alerts that day) called a crash that killed nine people "an incident."

Posted by: mthack | September 10, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

It's high time that the Metro management is overhauled. It is ridiculous how many fatal or near fatal "accidents" have happened to metro passengers, employees, and contractors in the past few months.

Posted by: WDCUSA | September 10, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Poor management cannot possibly explain all of the $#it happening to Metro this year. This is karma. Someone needs to come clean and get their soul right.

Posted by: forgetthis | September 10, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

In case anyone missed it, this is from WP's coverage of Metro's board meeting today:

"Metro will shut down the Yellow Line between the King Street and Fort Totten stations from 7 a.m. to noon tomorrow for a regionwide disaster drill.

The safety exercise will simulate smoke and fire on a train that becomes "disabled" over the Potomac River.

Metro will operate a shuttle train between the Huntington and King Street stations. When the shuttle train arrives at King Street, passengers will need to transfer to a Blue Line train to reach their destinations.

Customers should add at least 30 minutes to their travel time because of the exercise, agency officials said."

As if Metro's service wasn't bad enough already . . .

Posted by: mthack | September 10, 2009 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@mthack, WMATA has enough "incidents" of late that they shouldn't need to simulate.

Posted by: prokaryote | September 10, 2009 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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