• WMATA - 3000-series train collision on Oct. 7, 2019

  • Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.
Discussion related to DC area passenger rail services from Northern Virginia to Baltimore, MD. Includes Light Rail and Baltimore Subway.

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  by YOLO
JackRussell wrote: Wed Oct 09, 2019 5:01 am
YOLO wrote: Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:16 pm Reported speed was 11mph
At 11 mph, he couldn't see the other train in time to stop?
It probably happened at the curve just west of Farragut West, it's a blind spot
  by Sand Box John
I have walked that tunnel. The curve in question is on an up hill grade turning to the left. The site line from the right hand operators position in that tunnel is around 250' to 350', well with the stopping distance of 15 MPH.

A train normally enters a station at 35 to 40 MPH and comfortably stops within 600'.

The operator likely creeped up on the train ahead and made his brake application to stop short of the train to late.
  by YOLO
These railcars will be scrapped per the WMSC report today


Train 700 (striking train) operator had been disqualified for 18 months in 2006 after collision, red signal overrun, station overruns. Reinstated 2010. Red signal violation 2011, derailment 2013, fail to report station overrun 2015, operated w/cab door open/talking to rider 2015

Investigation concluded Train 700 operator did not follow procedures requiring safety stops, did not follow rules governing train movement without speed commands, failed to report the accident, and provided false statements during the investigation

Train 700 operator refused to provide cell phone as part of investigation, but records for that phone and associated numbers indicate it was in use at and around time of collision. Investigation could not prove the operator was in possession of the phone

Fatigue review found Train 700 operator at elevated risk due to night work and unexpected call-in. Got less than 6 hours of sleep interrupted by phone call asking to come in early

Train 700 operator no longer works for WMATA and is not eligible to be rehired
  by Sand Box John
The Washington Metrorail Safety Commission reports of collision at 52+00 track C1 west of the Farragut West station on 10 07 2019 at 12:48 AM.

WMSC-W0030-Collision-Oct-7-2019-Farragut-West.pdf (1.7 MB PDF)
Farragut-West-final-WMSC-photos-to-post.pdf (28,1 MB PDF)

They also dropped a couple of other reports @MetrorailSafety.
  by farecard
Interesting, detailed, report.

I lust for a list of WMATA's FLA's; I guess they decided Four Letter Acronyms were better than USG's TLA's. I can guess at some but not all.

Have to go back and figure out which cars in each consist are getting scrapped.

Do I have it correct that on the lead 755 consist, one set of couplers broke?

Saw a mention one car had hit the top of the tunnel. Hmmm
  by davinp
If their were passengers on board, there would have been injuries.

A Metro safety commission says human error to blame in “avoidable” train collision

#WMATA plans to repair six of the 12 cars involved in the crash at an estimated cost of $135,188
The other six cars are effectively totaled

(3008, 3009, 3206, 3207, 3120 and 3121)

https://ggwash.org/view/78152/metro-saf ... -collision