Metro discovers new shocking problem with 7000 series cars

metro logoA component in Metro’s newest rail car series is breaking prematurely and its manufacturer has designed a modification to fix it, Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel said.

David Stephen, spokesperson for Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, said a mechanic reported he was shocked while inspecting part of the underside of the 7000 series rail car Sept. 17. He called on Metro officials to pause inspection of 7000 series rail cars until after briefing railcar mechanics on potential hazards of inspecting and repairing the newest series of railcar.

“As a result of this incident, ATU Local 689 is demanding Metro not bring any 7000-series trains into the shop until all employees that come in contact with them are properly informed on the potential for hazards, and training is given on bringing trains to manufacturer specification (to date, railcar mechanics have yet to be trained on maintaining 7000-series cars),” Stephen said in a statement.

Stessel confirmed the mechanic was shocked while inspecting a railcar, adding the incident occurred at West Falls Church Rail Yard. He said the mechanic was not injured.


Fireworks go bang and cows go moo!

In the past year there have been at least two highly publicized injuries to athletes arising from the use of fireworks. Maryland has a statutory scheme in the Public Safety Article about their use. Maryland’s highest Court, in the case of Toms v. Calvary Assembly of God, has addressed whether the lawful presentation of a fireworks display is an abnormally dangerous activity so as to make the presenter strictly liable for any harm that ensues.


Two killed, one injured after car crash in Gaithersburg

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police-tapeGAITHERSBURG - Two Gaithersburg men were killed and a third was injured when their car struck a tree Sunday morning in Gaithersburg.

“Shortly before 4:30 a.m. Montgomery County Fire Department units responded to the accident on Warfield Road,” said fire department spokesperson Pete Prininger. “When units arrived on the scene they reported a single vehicle accident with two people trapped.”


One dead, two injured after car crash in Olney

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overturned carOLNEY - A 15-year-old is dead and two other teenagers are in serious condition after a severe vehicle crash.

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating a single-vehicle collision that occurred early Saturday morning in Olney.


Dockett done for season

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footballArizona Cardinals defensive tackle and Paint Branch graduate Darnell Dockett will be sidelined for the 2014 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

The injury occurred during practice on Monday when Dockett got his foot stuck in the turf at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

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