A look back at tragedies and mishaps in the Washington rail and bus system since 2009.
Created by washingtonpost on Jul 14, 2010
Last updated: 01/05/11 at 09:56 AM
A string of escalator failures forces thousands of rush-hour commuters to take long, breathless hikes out of cavernous stations.
A teenager wearing a Metro uniform drives off in a bus from a Bladensburg garage and picks up passengers before crashing into a tree.
A Blue Line train takes a wrong turn after a controller manually sends it toward New Carrollton on the Orange Line, causing confusion and some panic among passengers.
Two Metro riders are locked in the Cheverly Station on the Orange Line after the station manager apparently misread the schedule for the last train.
A Metrobus ends up on a Silver Spring home's lawn after rear-ending a truck.
Metro is slow and initially inaccurate in reporting an incident in which a Red Line train operator executed an emergency stop behind another train at Wheaton Station.
Metro's chronic escalator outages -- including 63 to 69 as of this week, depending on the day, or about 11 percent of the total of 588 -- has riders up in arms.
A Red Line train leaving the Farragut North Station ends up on the wrong track and is automatically derailed by safety devices to prevent a possible collision with another train, according to Metro sources familiar with events.
Frightened commuters who were stuck in a Blue Line train for about 40 minutes lash out at Metro because they say they received little information about what was happening in a tunnel near Smithsonian Station.
A slow-moving vehicle carrying workers hits a patch of ice and accelerates out of control, plowing into a pickup truck mounted on the rails.
A high-rail vehicle backing up along the Red Line strikes and kills two veteran Metro employees on the tracks.
A team of independent safety inspectors is nearly by a Metro train that appeared to be traveling at full speed and making no attempt to slow, as required by agency rules.
Six-car train smashes into a parked six-car train at a Northern Virginia rail yard, injuring three workers and causing at least $9 million in damage.
A federal judge orders Metro to pay a $200,000 fine for violating the Clean Water Act when it released hazardous chemicals into the sewer system over six days in 2003.
Aging power unit fails, causing a massive shutdown of vital customer-related communications, including the subway's public address system and two-way radio communications with bus drivers.
A piece of equipment that came off a Red Line train during the morning rush hour creates delays on Metro's busiest line for nearly two hours.
A 61-year-old woman is struck by a Metrobus in the Trinidad area of Northeast Washington. She later dies.
A Metrorail operator leaves his train --with passengers on it -- at the New York Avenue Station last week and refuses to complete his shift, transit agency officials said
About eight passengers find themselves trapped inside station in Alexandria for 30 minutes after the station manager locked up before the last train had arrived.
A rail worker is struck and seriously injured by a six-car train between the Braddock Road and Reagan National Airport stations. He later dies.
A 30-year-old House staffer was taking a jog before work when a Metrobus struck and critically injured her about a third of a mile from her apartment.
Metro board members say agency failed to give enough information about the impending closures of the Reagan National Airport Station and two others planned for Labor Day weekend.
Two Metro mechanics are transported to the hospital after a two-car train strikes the rail cars they were working on at the West Falls Church rail yard.
Steven T. Griffith touches a live wire while installing a new air compressor at the Bladensburg bus garage. He dies shortly after at a hospital.
Worker is is struck and killed by a machine spreading gravel on the Orange Line between the Vienna and Dunn Loring stations.
A Metrobus operator is arrested after police responded to an accident she was involved in and discovered that her license had been suspended.
The train control system designed to prevent Metro crashes is found to be malfunctioning across the railroad.
Train operator opens doors on the wrong side of the platform at the Waterfront Station on the Green Line.
A Metro bus driver pushes a woman who had spit on him for failing to pick her up.
One Metro train slams into the back of another on the Red Line at the height of the evening rush, killing eight passengers and the train operator.
A Metrobus driver is arrested after he -- while on his bus route -- tried to solicit an undercover D.C. police officer posing as a prostitute.
Two trains derail near the Bethesda Metro station during Metro's busiest season.
Bus driver Jelani K. Slay is fatally shot by an off-duty D.C. police officer after he brandished a gun and tried to rob the officer.
A rush-hour train on Capitol Hill comes "dangerously close" to another train and halts only after the operator hit the emergency brake.
Metro bus driver punches a patrol officer who was dressed as McGruff the Crime Dog, the popular mascot who educates children about crime prevention.
A six-car Yellow Line Metro train derails at the Mount Vernon Square station.