Metro: Two Operators Suspended After Man Found Dead


May 20, 2010

Metro says two train operators have been suspended after a man was found dead on a rail car.

Metro says that the man boarded the red line train in Rockville around 10:15 a.m. Monday. An operator found him lying on the floor of a rail car around 3 p.m. when the train was being prepared for afternoon service. Emergency personnel were summoned and the man was pronounced dead.

Metro says the train was inspected from the platform before it was moved to a nearby rail yard. Metro spokeswoman Cathy Asato said Wednesday that two operators are on leave as officials investigate the incident. A preliminary report shows the man likely died of natural causes.

Asato says a new inspection policy requires operators to walk through trains before taking them to the rail yard.

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