HiRail collision, Rockville, MD. Jan 2010
January 2010: Poor Communication Contributed
to Fatalities Caused by a Hi-Rail Vehicle 2 Fatalities
On January 26, 2010 at about 1:40 am, while moving in reverse down the track at approximately 13 mph, a hi-rail vehicle struck and fatally injured two train control technicians while they were working on the right-of-way. The accident occurred 1 mile north of the Rockville Metro Station in the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. According to an NTSB investigation, the accident resulted from poor communication about ongoing rail work and ineffective lookout for hazards, both, by the hi-rail operator and train control technicians. Attention plays a key role in the ability to monitor surroundings for potential hazards.