Firings erase third of track inspection staff
Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld confirmed that he has fired 21 members of the agency’s track inspection department as part of an investigation into falsified inspection records.
Wiedefeld told members of the Metro board safety committee that the terminations include 16 track inspectors and five supervisors — about onethird of the existing department.
Although the investigation was prompted by a derailment near East Falls Church in July, Wiedefeld acknowledged Thursday that most of the firings had nothing to do with the stretch of defective tracks that caused the derailment. Instead, he said, investigators think they uncovered inspection reports that were falsified for other parts of the Silver Line, rather than the specific crossover where the derailment occurred. He did not say whether inspection records were found to be falsified on other lines of the system.
“They were systemic issues we were having in that department,” he said.