Federal investigators say Washington’s Metro transit authority did a poor job using ventilation fans to push smoke out of a subway tunnel during a fatal accident last month.
District of Columbia lawmakers will examine how prepared the city is for emergencies on the subway system in the wake of a fatal accident last month.
The District of Columbia says it has corrected problems with the functioning of firefighters’ radios in the Metro system.
A lawyer representing the family of a woman killed earlier this month in an accident on Metro says he’ll file a lawsuit over the incident later this week.
The District of Columbia is pushing back against a claim that firefighters had difficulty using radios during a fatal accident on the Metro subway system because of changes fire officials allegedly made to the radio system without notifying transit officials.
Metro Deputy General Manager Rob Troup ordered a range of early-action safety items on Thursday.
Taking questions for the first time since the deadly incident at L’Enfant Plaza, Metro board chairman Tom Downs briefed D.C. councilmembers on Tuesday, but didn’t offer many details about the malfunction.
Firefighters responding to an electrical malfunction on the Washington subway system had difficulty communicating by radio and some had to use cellphones instead, according to a report released by the city Saturday.
An electrical malfunction that filled a Washington subway train with smoke, killing one passenger and sickening dozens more, continued for 44 minutes before the Metro transit agency shut off power to the affected rail, federal investigators said Friday.
More than three days after a fatal accident on Washington’s aging and frequently criticized subway system, investigators have not provided details about what caused a train to fill with smoke or what could have been done to limit passengers’ exposure.