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Metro Says 2 Trains Ran Through Red Signals

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Two Metro trains have run through red signals in the past month, leading to safety retraining in the transit agency.

WTOP Radio reports both incidents occurred in Washington’s Brentwood Rail Yard near the Rhode Island Avenue station. The incidents happened April 20 and May 6.

Running a red signal is like a car running through a red light. It can lead to a collision. Last year a Red Line train derailed intentionally to avoid a crash after it ran through a red signal near the Farragut North station.

Metro says both train operators acknowledged their violations and are being retrained. Metro says such incidents are rare.

Assistant safety officer Ken Sundberg says the signal in question is unusual. It’s on the left side but most are on the right.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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