Metro Workers Struck by Track Equipment in Fatal Accident

WASHINGTON — Two Metro track workers were struck and killed by a piece of track equipment early this morning, Jan. 26, near the Rockville Metrorail station.

The Metro employees, both males, were struck by a prime mover, a diesel-powered piece of equipment that is used to move heavy equipment, according to the preliminary report from Metro Transit Police. The employees were working along an outbound section of track on the Red Line in the direction of Shady Grove when they were struck by the prime mover at about 1:45 a.m.

The identity of the employees will be released after next of kin have been notified.

Metro’s Safety Office notified the National Transportation Safety Board and the Tri-State Oversight Committee of the incident Tuesday morning.

Red Line service will be impacted during the morning rush hour while an investigation into the accident continues. Red Line trains will operate between the Glenmont and Twinbrook Metrorail stations. There will be no Red Line train service between the Shady Grove and Rockville Metrorail stations.