By John Cooper, Railroad Accident Lawyer
Mark Warner, the Virginia Senator, has demanded urgent answers over the tragic incident last week in which a D.C. Metro train filled with smoke last week, leaving one passenger dead and more than 80 others injured.
The Hill reported how investigators said the Yellow Line train was en route to northern Virginia when an electrical issue stopped the train, trapping passengers underground in smoke-filled cars.
This was a terrifying ordeal for passengers on board the train. It’s tragic that one passenger paid for it with her life and two were seriously injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched an investigation into the Metro incident.
Virginia has several Metro stations. Warner said he has important questions that need to be answered more quickly than a typical accident probe can produce.
“For those who use the Metro system on a daily basis, [Monday’s] tragic events represent a nightmare situation in which passengers were left in the dark, breathing potentially toxic smoke and fumes, for close to one hour before first responders allowed an evacuation,” Warner wrote in a letter to outgoing Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Chairman Richard Sarles.
As railroad accident lawyers we welcome the Senator’s call for actions.
This terrifying train accident occurred on the Washington DC metro lines, causing the metro tunnels to fill up with toxic smoke on Jan. 12. The incident led to Metro’s first passenger fatality since a high-profile crash on the Red Line in 2009 that killed nine people and led to widespread changes at the capital-area transit agency. Investigators state that nearly 200 people in total were brought out of the smoke-filled tunnel, with two passengers that were in critical condition, an injured firefighter, and 84 other people were transported to the local hospital, but with non life-threatening injuries.
Officials are unsure of what caused the metro tunnel to fill up with what was described to be thick, orange-black smoke. This recent train accident is similar to one that took place in the year 2000, when there was an electrical fire that caused the metro tunnel to fill up with smoke.
Trains and metros can be very useful in our metropolitan society. They are great assets to transportation and the economy, but at the same time trains can be very dangerous. A number of urban railroad systems have come under scrutiny in recent years. I noted how the safety culture of Metro North was recently criticized in an official report.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a train in any way, at no fault of his or her own, please urge the person to seek the proper medical care, and then call an experienced railroad accident lawyer. Call Cooper Hurley at 866-455-6657.