Three People Injured in Washington DC Subway Crash

By Peter DePaolis

The safety of employees is perhaps the most important matter an employer can address. If your company operates motorized vehicles, you may find yourself maintaining equipment on a routine basis. During the course of maintenance, it is critical that the vehicle is placed in a secure location away from operational equipment. If this is not possible, you should see to it that traffic flow around the area where maintenance is performed is safely aware of the stopped vehicles.

A Washington, D.C. subway train collided into the rear of another subway train while at a rail yard. Three workers were injured although their injuries are minor. There were no passengers on board the train when the crash occurred around 4:30 a.m. Sunday, November 29. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority stated that a six-car train was returning, when it crashed into the other six-car train. The three workers were cleaning the parked train at the time of collision.

Even though the injuries were minor, the three workers may be granted workers compensation to cover damages and injuries sustained in the wreck. This type of work accident could have been prevented, if WMATA had utilized a method of directing the traffic flow of trains while cleaning other units. Accidents of this nature happen because of the negligence of those in charge of directing traffic flow and employees not paying attention to their surroundings. It is important to stay focused at all times when operating or servicing subway trains.

If you are involved in an incident like this, contact a qualified Washington, D.C. injury lawyer at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.