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Photos: 'Dead' Person Near Train Tracks Just Part of Metro Expo Line Drill

Metro simulated a train vs. pedestrian accident in Culver City on Wednesday morning.

Don't panic!

Patch has received several emails from concerned readers who say they saw what they believed to be a dead person covered with a sheet at the intersection of National Boulevard and Hayden Avenue near the Culver City Expo Station on Wednesday morning.

However, the entire scene was simply part of a Metro drill, held in conjunction with the Culver City police and fire departments ahead of the opening of the Expo line to Culver City.

The drill which began around 9:30 a.m. and continued for a couple of hours simulated a "train vs. pedestrian accident," reports Metro.

Did you see the drill? Tell us about it in the comments below, and upload any photos if you took any.

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Cary Anderson May 30, 2012 at 11:53 PM
There was never anything covered with a sheet. There was a simulated person(dummy) that was made of a stuffed white jump suit, with gloves attached. A curly haired wig was also attached. The name of the fake victim was "Ms. Deb". Part of the drill was to disconnect the train from the overhead electric line by lowering the pantograph arm. Then Metro showed the fire department how to disconnect the batteries via circuit breakers on the outside of the train if accessible. If the fence side of the blocked access then they were shown how to turn off the breakers from inside the train. Three types of lifting devices were used to lift the train to free the victim. The first, a air powered ram started to puncture a hole in the cribbing(blocks of wood used to support the lifting device). The second was a 20 ton bottle jack that lifted the train enough, on one side, that the wheel nearest the victim was off the ground. The victim was them pulled out, using a rope, attached to a backboard, that the victim had been secured to. The third device was an air bag which lifted both sides of the train. Pictures to follow.
Kelly Hartog May 31, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Thanks Cary. I guess from a distance one of our readers thought the white jump suit was a sheet. looking forward to the pics.
Meya June 12, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Yes I did see the drill, and I had NO IDEA it wasn't real! It was a disturbing site to see that early in the am because it looked SO REAL, not once did it ever cross my mind that it WAS A DAMN DUMMY... SMH

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