Wreck Roundup for January 2007

Here’s a quick look at some of the wrecks from the past month:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The National Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators here to investigate an accident involving two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) employees.

An empty train on the Yellow Line struck the employees, fatally injuring one and seriously injuring the other.

The employees, both Metro track inspectors, were struck by a four-car Yellow Line train on an elevated track between the Huntington and Eisenhower Ave Metrorail stations at 9:30 a.m. Nov. 30.

Leslie A. Cherry, a 29-year veteran employee from Maryland, died while conducting routine track in- spection along the rail line. The injured worker, who is in critical condition at a local hospital, has been a Metro employee since April 2006.

Metro is conducting an internal investigation, and is cooperating with the National Transportation Safety Board on its independent investigation.

The Yellow Line train (No. 307) involved in the incident was leaving the Huntington station and heading into the Alexandria rail yard. There were no passengers aboard the train because it was not in service.

– Special to The Cross-Tie

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