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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 04/13/2010

Two Metro employees suspended

By Washington Post editors

Two Metro employees have been suspended without pay in connection with a Red Line train derailment in a rail yard in March, the Washington Examiner reports.

Metro officials said the train operator and the interlocking operator in charge of rail yard movements both "violated standard operating procedure" in the incident that happened March 10. There were no injuries, and no passengers were aboard the train.

The train operator was suspended for 30 days, and the interlocking operator was suspended for 10 days on April 6, according to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. They had been on paid administrative leave since the accident, while the case was investigated, but they will not be paid during these recent suspensions.

The train was being moved inside the Brentwood rail yard when the operator apparently ran a red signal, according to initial Metro reports. The front two wheels of the four-car train derailed, causing damage to the track and the third rail.

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By Washington Post editors  | April 13, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
Tags:  Derailment, Metro, Red Line, Train, Washington  
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Suspended? Why not fired? Until Metro workers start finding out that there are serious consequences to not doing their jobs properly -- and that performing their duties in a haphazard fashion is no longer tolerated as it was on Catoe's watch -- there will continue to be safety problems.

Posted by: checkered1 | April 13, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Absolutley agree- metro shoud have a Zero tolerance policy for workers who don't do their jobs until the orgnization is purged of lazy scum - time for a real "culture change"!

Posted by: lsf07 | April 13, 2010 12:36 PM | Report abuse

This is what happens when affirmative action replaces the most qualified candidates with the right colored candidates. Oh well, couple more lawsuits like the one in Conn and affirmative action will be nothing but a fond memory for a bunch of unemployed Metro employees.

Posted by: savethepcbs | April 13, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

@savethepcbs - and you know all this how?

Posted by: dezlboy1 | April 13, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Really savethepcbs, affirmative action? You really shouldn't show your ignorance in public like this. Do you personally know the employees that were suspended? You know their race or their background to say that they are not qualified? Did Metro turn you down for a job because you weren't qualified? Get over yourself...

Posted by: ILuvZero | April 13, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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