Feds: rail crash came from lax over­sight

Austin American-Statesman - - WEDNESDAY BRIEFING -

A faulty elec­tronic cir­cuit that caused a deadly Metro crash last sum­mer was symp­to­matic of an “ane­mic safety cul­ture” at the D.C. area’s tran­sit agency, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board said. Eight pas­sen­gers and a train op­er­a­tor were killed in June 2009 when a Metro­rail train rear-ended a sec­ond train stopped near a sta­tion north­east of the city. As ex­pected, the board con­cluded that the col­li­sion oc­curred be­cause Metro’s au­to­matic sig­nal sys­tem failed to de­tect the stopped train.

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