Metro has reached settlements with a few more people injured in the deadly 2015 Yellow Line smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza.
The family of Carol Glover, who died after a train filled with smoke near L’Enfant Plaza in 2015, has settled a $50 million lawsuit against Metro.
Court records show 20 cases have been dismissed just within the last month. In one case, a lawyer for one of the victims entered a notice that the case was settled before correcting it Friday to only formally indicate that all sides had agreed to have the case dismissed.
Sovereign immunity protects D.C. from lawsuits claiming the fire department was negligent in its response to a smoke-filled Metro train and a federal judge dismissed the cases on Thursday.
While Metro has declined to comment, more lawsuits tied to the deadly 2015 Metro smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza were dismissed last week — a sign that some victims have reached settlements.
Metro asked a judge Monday to dismiss all lawsuits against the agency stemming from the 2015 death of Carol Glover and smoke-inhalation and other injuries to dozens of other riders, while also filing new claims to push blame onto the District.
A Metro worker blamed for falsifying records about the tunnel fans that failed during last year’s deadly smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza has been granted his job back by an arbitration panel — and Metro’s largest union has just filed a lawsuit against Metro because the worker hasn’t been reinstated yet.
A year and a half after the deadly smoke incident near L’Enfant Plaza, Metro and first responders still have a long way to go on communications with riders during emergencies, the Metro Transit Police Chief said.
Metro has ordered trains to slow down through the heart of the rail system to reduce the risk of dangerous smoke and electrical fires — more than a year after the transit agency considered but never applied similar speed restrictions.
After a federal agency blamed Metro’s senior management for many of its shortcomings, it’s time to take a look at who left, who’s new and who stayed.
Metrorail will run on a single-track or shut down selected stretches of subway tracks for weeks to completely rebuild parts of the system, under a plan to be announced Friday morning.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued its final report on the January 2015 smoke that filled a Yellow Line tunnel and killed a passenger, blaming Metro for failing to properly install and maintain third-rail power cables, generally poor maintenance and ineffective inspection practices.
Federal transportation investigators say an Alexandria woman killed by smoke that filled her Yellow Line train in January 2015 would still be alive if Metro had followed its own procedures.
The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board discussed Metro’s ongoing safety problems during a meeting Tuesday.
A part-time position that gave area fire departments a seat in Metro’s control center will continue through September.
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