Op­er­a­tor er­ror cited in train-door in­ci­dent

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

A train op­er­a­tor was re­moved from duty Wed­nes­day af­ter the train doors opened on the wrong side of the plat­form, ex­pos­ing Red Line rid­ers to the el­e­vated tracks at Rhode Is­land Av­enue, Metro said.

The doors opened due to op­er­a­tor er­ror, Metro Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Joe Leader said at a board meet­ing. Af­ter open­ing the doors on the wrong side of the train, Leader said, the op­er­a­tor failed to fol­low Metro pro­to­col and walk up and down along the train to en­sure that all the doors had closed and that no rid­ers were in­jured.

The in­ci­dent was caught on cam­era by aghast rid­ers, who noted the steep drop-off to the ground.

Metro board mem­ber Robert Lauby said he feared that it would fur­ther sour rid­ers’ opin­ion of the tran­sit sys­tem.

“That’s another in­ci­dent that ev­ery pas­sen­ger on that train is go­ing to re­mem­ber,” Lauby said.

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