Rail

D.C. train operator told to stay put in smoke-filled tunnel

Posted on June 24, 2015

Larry Levine
Larry Levine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The operator of a Washington subway train that was forced to stop in a smoke-filled tunnel repeatedly asked for permission to return the train to the platform but was told to stay put as passengers coughed and choked, according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) documents made public Tuesday, CBSDC reported.

Train operator James Curley told NTSB investigators that people on the train were “yelling, screaming, kicking and banging on the glass doors” as he was repeatedly told to wait in the tunnel, according to the report.

The first day of the NTSB hearing regarding the deadly smoke incident at the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s L'Enfant Plaza station, which left one woman dead and dozens of others hurt when their stopped railcar filled with smoke last January, included several details about critical problems and the status of the rail system. The NTSB’s hearing continues on Wednesday. For the full story, click here.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Canadian infrastructure bank possible financing option for U.S.-Canada high-speed line

The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems, and rail lines.

Joint venture selected to operate new Hartford commuter rail

TransitAmerica Services and Alternate Concepts has been selected as the service provider that will operate and manage service on the CTrail Hartford Line — the passenger rail service currently under construction.

Keolis, MBTA to improve commuter rail ticket checking

Estimates suggest that up to $24 million in uncollected fare could be recovered through a ticket-checking modernization initiative and other tactics.

Metra to install suicide prevention signs

The signs will be developed and finalized as part of a Mental Health Awareness Symposium to be hosted by Metra in September to coincide with National Suicide Awareness Month.

Accident, no shows plague commute for LIRR, NJ Transit passengers

Some NJ TRANSIT trains have been canceled this week because engineers are choosing not to work under the terms of their contract amid the summer-long repair work at Penn Station.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close