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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 01/ 8/2010

Metro train operator disqualified after near miss

By Washington Post editors

The Metro employee operating the train involved in a near miss with a team of independent safety inspectors on Dec. 10 has been disqualified from the job of train operator, a Metro spokeswoman said Friday.

In addition, a Metro supervisor was suspended without pay for a week as a result of the incident, according to Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein.

Metro took the disciplinary actions following a close call that occurred when a train, apparently traveling at full speed, nearly hit a team of inspectors from the Tri-State Oversight Committee, which monitors safety at Metro. The inspectors had to scramble to avoid being struck, according to the Committee. No one was injured.

"As it relates to the Dec. 10th 'near miss' with the TOC inspectors, the train operator was disqualified from being a train operator anymore and a supervisor was suspended without pay for one full week (five days)," Farbstein said in an email responding to a query from the Post.

The near-miss took place close to Alexandria's Braddock Road Station as the team was making inspections for safety violations, only days after Metro had lifted a six-month ban on the inspectors accessing live subway tracks.

The train operator may be eligible for another position.

--Ann Scott Tyson

By Washington Post editors  | January 8, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
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Of course. He should be fired, not rewarded with another position. What he did was life threatening.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 8, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Betcha the train operator gets a desk job working on Metro's budget and justifications for future fare increases!

Posted by: Viennacommuter1 | January 8, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

You watch, that train operator will be driving a bus in a few weeks. Pedestrians, beware!!!

Don't you just love how in Metro-speak, a "full week" is five days. In the rest of the world, a full week is seven days. No wonder why the trains and buses are never on time.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 8, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

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