Memorial service set for contractor killed in Metro accident

October 9, 2013

The contractor killed early Sunday in an accident on Metro’s Red Line is being mourned at a funeral service in his hometown of Blackstone, Va.

Harold Conell Ingram’s funeral is set for Saturday afternoon at the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center of the Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center.

Following the 1 p.m. service, Ingram, who served more than 20 years in the Army National Guard and was deployed to Iraq, will be buried at Greenview Cemetery with full military honors.

Ingram, 41, was killed whenr he was struck by a 40-foot-long, 1-ton piece of iron rail in a tunnel near Union Station. Two Metro workers were injured during the incident.  Both have been released from the hospital.

Metro is investigating the incident. The agency said Sunday that preliminary reports suggest the accident that killed Ingram was triggered by a fire and explosion in the tunnel.

Ingram had been on the job as a Metro contractor for less than a month and was assigned to a team ripping out old rail and replacing it with new along Metro’s Red Line.

He worked for Holland Co., a firm based in Crete, Ill. that is under contract to do welding services for Metro.

 

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.
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