NTSB takes tes­ti­mony in Metro smoke cri­sis

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER - — Paul Dug­gan

Fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tors prob­ing the Jan. 12 smoke cri­sis in a Metro tun­nel ended two days of fact-find­ing Wed­nes­day in public hear­ings that pro­duced “some clar­ity” about the deadly event, the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board’s chair­man said.

“There were a lot of con­tra­dic­tions,” Chair­man Christo­pher A. Hart told re­porters af­ter the board and sev­eral pan­els of ex­perts fin­ished ques­tion­ing Metro of­fi­cials, fed­eral and re­gional transit reg­u­la­tors, emer­gency first re­spon­ders and oth­ers.

One rider died and at least 86 were sick­ened af­ter a train stopped in a tun­nel just south of L’En­fant Plaza sta­tion that was filled with nox­ious fumes.

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