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Accident Report Detail

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Rear-end collision

Executive Summary

On November 29, 2009, about 4:28 a.m. eastern standard time, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail train 902 struck the rear of a standing WMATA train at the West Falls Church rail yard, which is located in Falls Church, Virginia. No passengers were on board either train at the time of the collision; however, two WMATA maintenance department car cleaners were on board the struck train. The employees sustained minor injuries from the accident and were treated and released by a local hospital. The operator of train 902 also sustained minor injuries and was treated and released by a local hospital. Damage to train equipment was estimated to be about $9 million.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the failure of the train operator to control the movement of his train as it approached the standing train, possibly due to his fatigue.

Accident Location: Falls Church , VA    
Accident Date: 11/29/2009
Accident ID: DCA10FR001

Date Adopted: 5/17/2012
NTSB Number: RAB-12-04
NTIS Number:  

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