Metro Board of Directors Issues Statement on Derailment Investigation

by Lee Hernly, Editor

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The Metro Board reacts to Metro’s interim general manager, Jack Requa, who said at a news conference yesterday that last week’s derailment in the Metrorail system in Washington, D.C., was caused by a track defect noticed more than one month prior. The investigation of the derailment continues.

The Board writes:

“The Board is outraged and dismayed that anyone working at Metro would have critical safety information and not act on it immediately. It is totally unacceptable that the wide gauge track problem reported yesterday by the General Manager could go unaddressed and unrepaired for four weeks. This is a breakdown of the organization’s chain of command and our safety culture. We obviously have much work ahead of us to improve the organization’s safety culture, and we will do so,” said Metro Safety Committee Chair Michael Goldman, speaking on behalf of the Board. “However, Jack Requa’s transparent release of information, as well as his actions to order immediate track inspections and gather information to hold people accountable at every level, is what the Board expects and what the circumstances demand.”

“The Board has directed the General Manager to complete his operational investigation within 10 days that will explain to the Board and our riders how this track deficiency went unrepaired for so long. The Board looks forward to learning how the chain of command broke down and where the responsibility lies. This is an unforgivable breach of safety that needs to be dealt with firmly and swiftly.”

(Photo by Barbara Krawcowicz, on Flickr)

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