METRO worker dies in accident at train repair station

A worker's death at a METRO rail train repair station is under investigation.

October 12, 2011 8:21:00 AM PDT
A METRO employee is dead after an accident on the job.

METRO Police and the Safety Department are investigating a fatal accident involving a light-rail vehicle technician at METRO's Rail Operations Center (ROC) on West Bellfort and Fannin shortly before 6pm Tuesday.

Preliminary information shows that Chung T. Luu was onboard a light-rail vehicle that was being moved into the shop's service lane. While the train was in motion, Luu reportedly stuck his head out of the train's door, hitting a support beam in the shop. The 45-year-old died at the scene.

Chung Luu leaves behind a wife and three children. METRO sends their condolences to his family. Crisis counseling has also been made available to all employees at the ROC.

In a letter issued to employees, METRO President and CEO George Greanias said, "When I visited with Chung's fellow employees at the ROC last night, they had nothing but good things to say about him as a friend and a co-worker. Please keep Chung's family in your hearts and prayers during this very difficult time."

Luu had been with METRO since April 2000, and had been working at the ROC since 2003.

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