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Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Unscheduled train 166 striking bucket of self-propelled lift containing two contract workers at MARTA Lenox rail transit station

Executive Summary

About 2:30 a.m. on April 10, 2000, an unscheduled MARTA train struck the bucket of a self-propelled lift that was fouling the southbound main track at MARTA's Lenox Station in Atlanta, Georgia. Two MARTA contract workers who were repairing the station ceiling occupied the bucket. Both workers received fatal injuries when they were ejected onto the station platform.

Probable Cause

The probable cause of the accident at the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Lenox Station on April 10, 2000, was MARTA's failure to require the use of single-tracking safety procedures to protect the work site and the failure of the rail system control center assistant superintendent and the flagman to follow all MARTA safe clearance procedures for protecting workers fouling the track. Contributing to the accident was MARTA's lack of an effective program to ensure that employees were complying with its safety rules.

Accident Location: Atlanta , GA    
Accident Date: 4/10/2000
Accident ID: ATL00FR005

Date Adopted: 8/8/2003
NTSB Number: RAB-03-02
NTIS Number:  

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