Hi-rail accident at Sound Transit project injures four workers

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief
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More details have been released involving the hi-rail accident on a Sound Transit project.

A hi-rail vehicle working on a Sound Transit project in Seattle suddenly took off while on the tracks, resulting in four workers being hurt.

The truck was traveling northbound in a tunnel when workers were able to slow it down enough so they could jump off the vehicle. One worker was thrown from the truck when it suddenly started to move. Two were taken to a local hospital while the other two were treated for minor injuries at the scene. The University of Washington station was evacuated.

Sound Transit said the accident happened just north of the Roosevelt Station construction site. Officials are looking into the cause of the accident. The truck was finally brought to a stop near the University District Station.

“Safety is a core value of Sound Transit, and the agency will be conducting a thorough investigation as to the cause of this incident before the contractor’s work is allowed to continue,” Sound Transit said in a written statement.

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