Digest: Suspect sought in stabbing death of LA Metro employee

News Wire Digest third section for Oct. 19: Worker injured at Toronto rail construction project; Dollywood steam engine catches fire
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Still more Monday morning rail news:

Suspect sought in Friday stabbing death of LA Metro rail worker

Police are seeking a female suspect in the fatal stabbing of an LA Metro worker at a subway station Friday night. The Los Angeles Times reports the stabbing occurred at 10:46 p.m. Friday at the 7th Street/Metro Center station, and that woman stabbed the male worker after a “verbal dispute.” He was pronounced dead at 11:23 p.m. at LA County-USC Medical Center. His name has not been released, but a Metro email to employees said he had worked for Metro for more than 18 years, most recently in rail operations. The L.A. Daily News reports police have issued a wanted poster for the suspect, using photos from Metro security cameras.

Worker injured at Toronto light rail construction project
A worker has been hospitalized with serious injuries after falling into a hole at a Toronto rail transit construction site on Monday morning. CTV News reports the male worker suffered lower body injuries after landing on a concrete floor at the site for the Eglinton Crosstown light rail project about 80 feet below street level near Eglinton Avenue West and Bathurst Street. A Toronto Fire official said the man was put on a backboard and lifted out of the work site by crane to a waiting ambulance. Work on the project has been stopped while the Ministry of Labour investigates. The Eglinton Crosstown is an 11.8-mile, 25-station light rail line with a dedicated right of way slated to open in 2022.

Dollywood locomotive catches fire during servicing
A steam engine at the Dollywood theme park in Tennessee caught fire Sunday. WATE-TV reports the fire occurred about 8 p.m. when locomotive No. 70, a former White Pass & Yukon 2-8-2 built by Baldwin in 1938, was in a maintenance area. The fire started in grease on the locomotive’s left side and was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported.

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