Payout Information From Deadly 2009 Metro Crash Released

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC)– It’s been three-and-a-half years since the worst crash in Metro history left nine dead and dozens injured, and the transit agency has finally released some information about payouts made in relation to the Red Line collision, The Washington Post reports.

Documents released to The Post list 84 payouts totaling $1.6 million, and ranging in size from $333 to $150,000. A letter from Metro to The Post said some records were withheld because making the information public would affect the agency’s ability to resolve the still-open cases.

A National Transportation Safety Board report said a malfunction of the automatic train control system was the direct cause of the June 2009 crash, which happened when a train rear-ended another at full speed, but also said Metro was negligent in some ways.

In the years since the crash, faulty and aging equipment has been replaced and operators have run trains manually while a new automatic system has been developed and tested, The Post report said.

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