Crash on the Red Line is second one in a week
Metro officials say a maintenance vehicle carrying 20 workers hit a rail truck on icy tracks, causing a domino effect crash that damaged at least four vehicles Saturday night.
The accident occurred between the Grosvenor-Strathmore and Medical Center stations on Metrorail's Red Line. Metro says there were no reported injuries, but the crash came less than a week after two workers were hit by a maintenance truck and died.
The Washington Examiner reports that the Tri-State Oversight Committee was informed of the most recent accident on Monday, but the independent group's chairman says Metro should have notified the committee about the crash within two hours. Metro says the work continued after the crash.
Jeff Garrard, 49, of Clarksburg, and Sung Duk Oh, 68, of Montgomery Village, were struck on Jan. 26 while working on the tracks near Rockville Station. Garrard died at the scene. Oh died at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating that accident, along with one that occurred in a Northern Virginia rail yard in November and the June 22 Red Line crash.
A Post investigation over the past seven months uncovered problems at the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which is supposed to monitor safety on the Metro system but lacks any direct regulatory authority. In response to the articles, local and federal lawmakers have demanded changes, and Metro officials have vowed to work more closely with the oversight committee.
Citing last year's deadly Metro crash as part of the impetus, the Obama administration on Monday proposed creation of a new federal transit safety program that would set and enforce safety standards for subway and light rail systems. The 2011 budget proposal sent to Congress includes $30 million to establish the program at the Federal Transit Administration.
-- From Associated Press and staff reports
February 2, 2010; 8:50 AM ET
Categories: Advisories , transit | Tags: Metro, metro safety
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