A history of some Metro-related fatalities for maintenance workers

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A history of some Metro-related fatalities for maintenance workers:

March 27, 1976 Metro service begins.

May 12, 1977 A construction worker, Joseph Maxwell, 32, died after falling down a ventilation shaft at a construction site on Connecticut Avenue NW.

July 2, 1977 Construction worker Jay Huey Woods, 19, was crushed by a falling rock while he helped install steel plates in an underground tunnel in Montgomery County.

Aug. 8, 1980 Ernest D. Blake, 41, a contractor for a construction firm that was building a bridge for Metro, died after an Amtrak commuter train struck him near the Brookland-CUA Station.

Jan. 23, 1987A Yellow Line train struck and killed Joseph Volpe, 33, as it approached the National Airport Station during a snowstorm. Volpe and another man were clearing ice from a section of track north of the platform.

May 23, 1997 A subcontractor for Metro, Jon C. Teague, 49, was crushed by part of a 90-foot escalator at Metro Center that fell on him as it was lowered into place.

Sept. 18, 1997 Stephen Cady, 46, was electrocuted as he inspected track and tightened rail fasteners about 200 yards south of the Bethesda Station.

Oct. 1, 2005 Metro worker Michael Waldron, 47, was hit by a train while working near the Braddock Road Station and later died of his injuries.

May 14, 2006 Metro employee Jong Won Lee, 49, was struck and fatally injured by a train while working on track equipment at the Dupont Circle Station.

Nov. 30, 2006 Metro track inspectors Matthew Brooks, 36, and Leslie Arvell Cherry, 52, were struck by a Yellow Line train between Huntington and Eisenhower Avenue stations and later died of their injuries.

Compiled by staff writer James Hohmann and staff researcher Meg Smith from Washington Post reports.

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