A group of Metro track workers and a rail traffic controller have been taken off duty after near-miss on the Yellow Line on Thursday, the transit agency said.
Metro said that around noon, three workers had to jump out of the way of an approaching train as it barreled toward their work area near Eisenhower Avenue.
The agency was interviewing the track personnel and rail controller to determine what happened, Metro spokeswoman Sherri Ly said, and had opened an investigation into the incident.
The train operator was not believed to have been at fault.
An independent rail monitoring group was first to report the near miss.
No one was injured in the scare and Metro notified the Federal Transit Administration, which has safety oversight of rail operations for the transit agency, Ly said. The FTA confirmed late Thursday afternoon it is investigating the incident.
Near misses have been a persistent issue for the transit agency. A train nearly struck two federal inspectors last October after it sped around a bend near Reagan National Airport. In that incident, a worker on lookout yelled for three others to jump out of the path of the oncoming train.
Metro has turned to a technological solution — portable arm bands that are supposed to alert track personnel to oncoming trains — to try to prevent such incidents. The transit agency said Thursday’s incident did not, however, occur in the area where the new technology is being piloted.
Metro declined to provided further details on the circumstances leading up to the near miss, saying the incident was under investigation.