Legal news for Virginia construction accident attorneys. A Metro worker was killed and when a piece of equipment struck the man.
Virginia construction accident lawyer’s alert- A workplace accident occurred during maintenance of a Washington Metrorail ballast regulator killing one worker.
Washington, D.C.—A Sunday night workplace accident left a veteran Washington Metrorail employee dead after a piece of track equipment struck the worker. The tragic accident occurred around 9:50 p.m., while the worker performed scheduled maintenance to the railway, as reported by The Washington Post.
The former Metro employee, now a track repairman, was working on the railway to replace the cross ties when a ballast regulator struck him. The ballast regulator rides on the rails and is used to deposit and spread the gravel or stone, which holds the cross ties and rails and provides drainage and stability mostly for the outdoor sections of the railway system. The unidentified deceased worker was performing the ballast work order along the outbound railroad track between the Dunn Loring and Vienna Metro stops. The accident stopped all Metro Orange Line service between West Falls Church and Vienna stations until accident investigators completed their investigation. Metrorail supplied shuttle buses for passengers traveling between the two closed railroad stations until normal rail service resumed. By Monday morning all rail service resumed to normal and did not experience any major delays. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) http://www.ntsb.gov/ stated federal investigators are standing by and communicating with Metro officials to determine if the NTSB will conduct an additional investigation.
Legal News Reporter: Nicole Howley-Legal news for Virginia lawyers specializing in construction accidents.