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Railroad Accident Brief: Derailment of WMATA Metrorail Train in Interlocking, Falls Church, Virginia

Executive Summary

​On July 29, 2016, about 6:14 a.m. eastern daylight time, outbound (westbound) Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail train 602 derailed while traversing a crossover in the East Falls Church interlocking, operating on the Silver Line in Falls Church, Virginia. About 63 passengers were on board the six-car passenger train, all of whom were evacuated out of the lead car, assisted by the Metro Transit Police Department. Three passengers reported injuries, including one who was hospitalized.

Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was a wide track gage condition resulting from the sustained use of deteriorating wooden crossties due to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s ineffective inspection and maintenance practices and inadequate safety oversight.

Accident Location: Falls Church , VA USA  
Accident Date: 7/29/2016
Accident ID: DCA16FR010

Date Adopted: 12/1/2016
NTSB Number: RAB1606
NTIS Number:  

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