On Monday, a METRORail train collided with a minivan near the Texas Medical Center at the intersection of Fannin and Dryden, according to KPRC Channel 2. Unfortunately, such accidents aren’t unheard of.
In June, for example, METRO investigated 17 accidents on its light rail lines. The accidents involved cars, pedestrians and a bike. Two of those pedestrians died. Those 17 incidents were the most crashes in any month since the agency began rail service in 2004.
And while a one-month spike is probably a classic definition of a small sample size, some METRO critics cite it as evidence of the dangers METRO’s at-grade trains can pose.
To discuss how METRO is addressing this sudden spike in accidents we talk with Walter Heinrich, METRO’s Director of Safety.