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Archive for the 'Incidents' Category


Man Hurt Jumping Onto Light Rail Train

From KING5: http://www.king5.com/news/cities/seattle/Man-hurt-when-he-tries-to-jump-onto-moving-Sound-Transit-train-133782603.html A man was injured trying to jump on a light rail train at Stadium Station after the Seahawks game. He was supposedly wedged between the train and platform (some discrepancies there). Remember, there will always be another train. Ben

For Those Who Bash Pierce Transit…

I am at this minute on the Sounder that hit the person on the tracks in Seattle. We were just told that Pierce Transit would have buses waiting for riders at Sumner and Puyallup (both inside the Pierce Transit area). Given that neither station is a major transit point unlike the other stations this is […]

Ecology Testing Murray Morgan Bridge Dust

From The News Tribune: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/09/28/1842911/ecology-tests-murray-morgan-dust.html  The State Department of Ecology is testing the dust that blew off the Murray Morgan Bridge in Sunday’s windstorm to see if it has lead paint in it. Let’s hope it turns out fine. Ben

Windstorm Tears Cover on Murray Morgan Bridge

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/09/25/winds-wreak-havoc-on-murray-morgan-bridges-protective-cover/ Sunday’s windstorm tore the protective cover on the Murray Morgan Bridge. The cover was there to protect the environment from the lead paint being sandblasted off the bridge. Supposedly the material coming off the bridge was not leaded. Hope they’re right, and this is the last issue on this long-overdue […]

Washington Inspecting Steel Bridges

From WSDOT: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2011/09/16_steelbridgesreviewed.htm  WSDOT is reviewing inspection reports of 10 bridges built with the same kind of steel as the Sherman Minton bridge in Indiana. This bridge was recently found to have cracks. It is good to see WSDOT being proactive in cases like this. We don’t want to see another Silver Bridge disaster here. […]

4 Charged With Murray Morgan Bridge Trespassing

From The News Tribune: http://blog.thenewstribune.com/crime/2011/07/01/4-charged-with-burglarizing-the-murray-morgan-bridge-construction-site/ Four men were charged with trespassing after breaking into the Murray Morgan Bridge construction site and climbing around on the bridge. Not that I wouldn’t mind a tour of the bridgetender’s house at some point too (hint), but come on, we need to do such things legally… Ben

Crane Tips Over at Sounder Construction Site

From KOMO-TV: http://www.komonews.com/news/local/124822904.html A crane tipped over at the construction site for the Sounder Extension in Downtown Tacoma. Fortunately nobody was hurt and damage appears minimal. Ben

Woman Killed By Light Rail Train

From KOMO-TV: http://rainiervalley.komonews.com/news/transportation/woman-struck-killed-train-while-walking-light-rail-tracks/642664 A woman walking down the light rail tracks was hit and killed Saturday night near Othello Station. Remember: STAY OFF THE TRACKS! Ben

Attempted Suicide On the Tracks

Just South of Sumner. They are ok, however it delayed the Sounder by about ~30 mins. Ben