Tuesday, August 11, 2009

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — D.C.-area transportation officials say they are suspending some track maintenance after a repairman was struck and killed by a piece of equipment while he was replacing cross-ties.

Officials say 63-year-old Michael Nash of Silver Spring was hit by a ballast regulator along a line in Virginia. That is a large piece of equipment that spreads gravel and stone that keeps the track stable. Nash was one of 10 to 15 people on a crew and worked for Metro for 25 years.

Officials say they will delay some tie-replacement work, conduct increased inspections at work sites and review work rules and procedures.

In June, a Metro train slammed into another train stopped on the tracks, killing nine and injuring more than 70.

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