NTSB report sheds light on July Metro derailment

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A photo from the July derailment. PHOTO: WMATA/Metro

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Transportation Safety Board has concluded after months of investigation that a July Metro derailment in Falls Church was caused by Metro continuing to use deteriorating wooden crossties.

No deaths occurred in the crash, although three passengers reported injuries.

The NTSB’s phrasing left little wiggle room for WMATA, as they said in no uncertain terms that the accident was due to “ineffective inspection and maintenance practices and inadequate safety oversight.”

WMATA has been a lightning rod for criticism lately, due to continuing problems with Metro services. Governor Terry McAuliffe has criticized the organization in recent days, some commuters are unhappy with proposed cuts, and CEO Paul Wiedefeld Jr. has recently proposed significant layoffs.