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  • Metro Delays Are Unfortunate Reminder that WMATA Still Has Long Way to Go After January Incident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel

    An electrical malfunction in a Metro tunnel that resulted in suspension of service on three different rail lines was an unfortunate reminder that WMATA still faces the same issues that resulted in dozens of injured people and one person dead in January. During the morning rush hour on May 11, electricity began to escape from the third rail on the Metro tracks that run between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations. As was the case with the January 12, 2015 incident, the electricity escaped the third rail and reached the ground, causing smoke. This “arcing” event caused smoke to begin to escape into the tunnel. During its investigation, Metro found that many of the third-rail insulators in the tunnel showed signs of electrical sparking and were replaced. They also attributed the increase in “arcing” events to the accumulation of steel dust on the tracks which can cause electrical currents to move outside where it is supposed to be. DC Metro Attorneys

    Fortunately, unlike the January incident, Metro reacted quickly and shut down the Orange, Silver, and Blue lines, diverting riders to shuttle buses. The lines were shut down between Roslyn and Foggy Bottom for more than three hours before any service was restarted, and six hours before fully restored. Although no one was injured in this incident, many riders had similar complaints to what was heard repeatedly following the January incident, especially a lack of information provided to riders. During a Monday morning rush hour, many riders had no idea if or when service would resume, where the shuttle buses were or when they would arrive, or if the situation was much worse than Metro initially let on. The lack of information, and frustration it caused many riders, caused many riders to walk from the Rosslyn metro stations, across the Memorial Bridge, and into the District of Columbia.

    This incident is another reminder that Metro has yet to correct the problems that resulted in the tragic death of one rider and injuries to dozens in January 22015. The personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., have helped countless individuals who have been injured as a result of WMATA’s negligence, whether it be on Metro trains, or accidents involving WMATA buses. If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of WMATA’s negligence, please give us a call for a free consultation at 202-659-8600.

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