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Metro train derailed Wednesday

Update: Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said Thursday that the train was being moved in the Brentwood rail yard around noon Wednesday when an operator apparently ran a red signal.

Farbstein says the front two wheels of the four-car train derailed, damaging the track and the third rail, but no injuries were reported. She did not have a damage estimate.

Farbstein says two train operators and a track worker on the scene were given drug and alcohol tests and put on routine paid administrative leave.

-- Associated Press and Staff Reports

Original post: A four-car Metro train derailed in the Brentwood rail yard on Wednesday. Transit agency officials said there was no disruption of service, and two operators on board the train were not injured.

By Michael Bolden  |  March 11, 2010; 5:08 PM ET
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Why did Metro wait over 24 hours before announcing this to the press and public?

Posted by: WashingtonDame | March 11, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

@WashingtonDame, because it took over 24 hours for Metro to realize a train had derailed! :-)

Posted by: dezlboy1 | March 11, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse operator apparently ran a red signal.
One of Metro's first steps in improving safety should be to stop hiring the mentally challenged.

Posted by: checkered1 | March 12, 2010 9:00 AM | Report abuse

If the NAVY ran the way Metro does we'd have no fleet.

Posted by: jckdoors | March 12, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Let's have the Navy run it!

Posted by: member5 | March 12, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

I mean Metro...come on!! Do you have blind people driving your trains? Seriously, this is just sad.

Posted by: scrappyc20001 | March 12, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Time for another fare increase. Every time Metro has an accident or kills someone the fares go up.

Posted by: peace4all2 | March 12, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Whew! I was worried Metro wouldn't have a "crash of the month" this month.

Posted by: thetan | March 12, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

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