- South Carolina sheriff refuses to lower American flag for Nelson Mandela
- South Africans hold day of prayer for Nelson Mandela
- Mandela not on life support in final hours, friend says
- Ukraine protesters topple, decapitate Lenin statue in Kiev
- Kim Jong-un’s uncle removed from North Korean state documentary
- Thailand crisis deepens as opposition quits Parliament
- Campbell Soup apologizes for SpaghettiOs’ Pearl Harbor tweet
- Former Reagan aide James Baker: President regretted apartheid veto
- Some donations to gay waitress who allegedly forged hate note refunded
- German President Joachim Gauck boycotting Sochi Olympics
NTSB won’t investigate fatal Metro accident because of government shutdown
The National Transportation Safety Board said it will not investigate a fatal welding accident along Metro’s Red Line because of the federal government shutdown.
In a statement posted on its website, the safety board said that “due to a lapse in funding … the agency can only engage in those activities necessary to address imminent threats to the safety of human life or for the protection of property.”
The board stated that the accident just after midnight Saturday “did not meet the criteria” needed to call back furloughed employees to investigate.
Metro officials said a contractor was killed and two Metro employees were injured in a tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square stations.
Transit agency officials said they were investigating the cause of the accident. Officials said Sunday the crew was performing rail renewal, which involves removing old sections of rail and installing new sections.
They said a fire and a loud noise came from an area about 70 to 80 feet from the crew near some heavy track equipment used to weld rail sections together, then a 40-foot section of rail moved, striking the workers.
Officials could not say what caused the fire or what caused the rail to move. Metro declined to comment on the NTSB decision.
© Copyright 2013 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
About the Author
Meredith Somers is a Metro reporter for The Washington Times. She can be reached at email@example.com.
- Blast of winter weather heads to D.C. area
- Va. attorney general vote recount, some by hand, to get started Dec. 16
- Wal-Mart opening its doors in D.C.
- Agreement in D.C. a tall order
- P.G. police ID man fatally shot after party
Latest Blog Entries
- Obama: Hole U.S. 'digging out of' requires billions more in unemployment benefits
- Bill OReilly reminds: Nelson Mandela was a communist
- Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement
- Sen. Rand Paul: Supreme Court needs to re-examine Fourth Amendment
- Activists urge Obama to go rogue, sidestep Congress
- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- 'Hunger Games' delivers Obama's message on income inequality
- 'Dude, I'm dreading that I will have to go': Czech prime minister on Mandela funeral
- Sen. Richard Durbin: No line in the sand on unemployment benefits
- Kill team: Obama war chiefs widen drone death zones
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Entertainment News and Reviews from Washington, D.C. and beyond.
Get in the middle of all the action inside and outside the boxing ring.
Let it snow
White House pets gone wild!