Train Operator Says Technical Malfunction Caused Collision | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Train Operator Says Technical Malfunction Caused Collision

Play associated audio

By David Schultz

The collision took place just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday morning, at the end of the operator's ten-hour shift. The empty six-car train he was driving slammed into the back of another empty train parked at the Falls Church Rail Yard. Jackie Jeter, the head of Metro's employee union, says the operator "is claiming that there was a surge that took place on the train."

The train operator and two other Metro employees suffered minor injuries in the crash. Metro isn't releasing their names.

This is the fourth time a Metrorail employee has been injured or killed on the job since the June 22nd crash on the Red Line that killed nine. Jeter says working for a train system comes with an inherent level of danger. "When you work on a transportation system you are never going to be 100 percent without any incidents occurring at all," says Jeter. "It's never going to happen."

A Metro spokesman would not comment on the train operator's claims.

NPR

Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. "This is not about UNC," Clark says. "We're not doing this to vilify our institution."
NPR

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.
NPR

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

The former Florida governor's supporters shouted down his hecklers at his much anticipated appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.