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TRANSPORTATION: PUBLIC URBAN AND PASSENGER: Metro Operator Praised For Saving Lives

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TRANSPORTATION: PUBLIC URBAN AND PASSENGER:
Metro Operator Praised For Saving Lives



Metro Operator Praised For Saving Lives
Official says she saved lives by slowing train before crash
By Michael Drost and Michelle Bollman
The Washington Times |
Saturday, June 27, 2009
<http://washingtontimes.com/news/2009/jun/27/
metro-operator-praised/?feat=home_headlines>


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Hundreds of mourners gathered Friday for memorial services held across the
District to remember the victims of Monday's deadly Metro crash.

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. praised the actions of train
operator Jeanice McMillan, 42, who investigators say attempted to apply
the emergency brakes just before her train slammed into a stationary train
Monday near Fort Totten Metro station in Northeast. Miss McMillan and
eight passengers were killed.

"When the investigation is completed we will find that she went beyond her
job," Mr. Catoe said at a memorial service for Miss McMillan at the Temple
of Praise Fellowship Hall in Southeast. "I believe that she saved lives.
She was able to slow that train up before it crashed."


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About 30 fire trucks and other emergency vehicles lined up on Fifth Street
near the service, due to a special invitation to the city's first
responders involved in Monday's accident.

"Metro is an important part of our community," said the Rev. Clark
Lobenstine, executive director of the conference. "When a tragedy like
this occurs, it affects all of us and it is important that we gather as a
community to pray."

Meanwhile, Metro officials have reassigned the superintendent of the
automatic control system that is the focus of a federal probe into the
accident, the deadliest in Metro's 33-year history.

Matthew Matyuf, a Metro employee for almost 20 years and superintendent of
the agency's automatic train control division, has been reassigned to an
unidentified "special project," Metro officials said Friday.




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