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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 06/ 7/2010

10 car train, 5 Metro employees removed

By Washington Post editors

Five Metrorail employees were removed from service on Monday after a 10-car train was mistakenly put into service on the Green Line on Monday morning.

No customers were able to board the last two cars of the 10-car train because a Metrorail platform is the length of eight cars.

"The train departed the Branch Avenue Metrorail station at 5:14 a.m. The riders were asked to exit the train at the Waterfront-SEU Metrorail station at 5:37 a.m., where it was returned to the rail yard," said Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

She said five employees -- a train operator, interlocking operator, terminal supervisor and two yard operators -- were removed from service as part of the investigation, which includes drug and alcohol tests.

Stay with Dr. Gridlock for more details.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Washington Post editors  | June 7, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
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Just S-O-S (stuck on stupid).

Posted by: klmarshall_md | June 7, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Do Metro employment applications specifically state the applicant must be able to count? Perhaps Metro employees should be forced to watch Sesame Street in order to learn how to count. Expect to see Big Bird at a station near you.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | June 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Question 1 on application: Count to 6 and 8.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 7, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

It should be standard operating procedure to verify the number of cars on each train. When was the last time Metro had training on this item?

Posted by: ffxkid | June 7, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

ffxkid: Since when does Metro follow standard operating procedure on anything?

Posted by: akchild | June 7, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

The beat goes on for METRO is see....

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | June 7, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

I'm still wondering why a train operator has to be a bus driver first--- Not that some of the bus drivers are any better---

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | June 7, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

These people make outrageous salaries. Metro is such a scam. I am boycotting. I hope you all will think about doing the same. The service is terrible and unsafe. Shame on you metro. How much longer will you say "let's raise the rates again." ??

Posted by: FiatBooks | June 7, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

I agree! Metro is a huge scam. We have family members and retired employees of metro getting life-long free rides. Are we serious? Don't believe me look it up. Now lets reflect on our large fair hikes coming up in July. Really!! If they are so hard up, why don't they make metro employees family pay something!
Oh yes...about training...I've come to believe there is no such thing when becoming a metro employee.
So I guess counting is optional!

Posted by: DCer10 | June 7, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

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