Two WMATA Trains Collide in Rail Yard

WASHINGTON — A six-car Metrorail train struck the rear of a parked train inside West Falls Church Rail Yard. The collision happened at 4:27 a.m. today, Nov. 29.

Three employees sustained minor, non life-threatening injuries and were taken to a nearby hospital. No customers were on board the trains, WMATA said.

As train number 902 was pulling into the rail yard it struck the last car of a six-car train that was parked in the yard. Two employees were on board the parked train cleaning it to prepare it for service when it was hit.

The parked train had no identification number assigned to it because it was not in service. Trains are assigned an identification number when they are about to go into service.

Train number 902 was comprised of rail car Nos. 5056, 5057, 1171, 1170, 3223 and 3222. The parked train was comprised of rail car Nos. 5138, 5139, 1107, 1106, 3216 and 3217. The lead car (5056) of train 902 made contact with the rear car (3217) of the parked train.

Metro officials said they are conducting an investigation into the collision to determine why the accident took place.