Two Metro Workers Die in Truck Collision

By Peter DePaolis

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It has been a tumultuous year for the WMATA. Multiple accidents and mishaps that happened among the trains, buses, workers and passengers have plagued the agency. Many of these incidents stem from safety flaws that the transit knew about since 2005. However, another accident claimed the lives of two Metro workers.

Two Metro workers were working on the subway tracks when they were run over by a specialized truck. The specialized vehicle, a pick-up truck outfitted with special train track wheels, was moving backward when it struck the two workers. The workers were installing new equipment that would allow better communication between each other and headquarters. The incident happened just ahead of the Rockville Metrorail station. Although one of the workers was pronounced dead at the scene, the other worker was transported to a local hospital and died later.

When Metro employees are working on the track, special care must be taken to ensure the safety of the workers. This accident may have been avoided had there was better communication between the operator of the truck and headquarters.

If you or a loved one suffers severe injuries or death stemming from a work-related accident, please contact a Washington, D.C. personal 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.