Shutdown Keeps NTSB from Metro Accident Site

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File photo of a Metro train. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a Metro train. (credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — Federal transportation safety officials say they have decided against sending investigators to the site of a fatal welding accident in a Metro subway tunnel in Washington because of the government shutdown.

In a statement posted on its website, the National Transportation Safety Board says it was notified of the accident that killed one worker and injured two others early Sunday, but decided against sending investigators.

The NTSB says staffers are furloughed and this accident did not the meet criteria for exempting them from furlough. The agency says can only engage in activities to address “imminent threats to the safety of human life or for the protection of property.”

The NTSB says it has asked Metro to provide its investigation report for evaluation in the future.

The contractor who died was providing welding services shortly after midnight. He was pronounced dead at a hospital where he was taken after the accident, said Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas. Metro identified the contractor later as Harold Ingrham, 41, of New Jersey.

The two other workers were in serious condition in local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries, Metro said. Their identities were not immediately released following the incident.

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