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Accident Report Detail

Collision between Two Miami-Dade Transit Metromovers

Executive Summary

On July 20, 2010, about 5:39 p.m., eastern daylight time, an inbound2 Miami-Dade Transit (MDT) Metromover,3 traveling about 10 mph along a fixed guideway,4 struck the trailing end of another Metromover. The struck Metromover was stopped at Brickell Station near downtown Miami, Florida. There were a total of 45 passengers on board the two Metromovers. These Metromovers operate in a fully automatic mode without human operators. Sixteen passengers incurred minor injuries and were transported to, treated by, and released from local hospitals. At the time of the accident, weather conditions were clear, with winds of 20 mph and a temperature of 87° F. Total damages were estimated at $406,691.

Probable Cause

The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the accident was the Miami-Dade Transit rail traffic controllers’ decision to restart automated train operations without accounting for the location of all Metromovers following a safety shutdown after the signal rail had been damaged by a defective Metromover guide wheel. Contributing to the accident was inadequate oversight by Miami-Dade Transit.

Accident Location: Miami , FL    
Accident Date: 7/20/2010
Accident ID: DCA10FR005

Date Adopted: 8/8/2012
NTSB Number: RAB-12-06
NTIS Number:  

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