Hearing Next Week On Fatal Metro Crash | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Hearing Next Week On Fatal Metro Crash

Play associated audio

How Metro responds to safety issues will be the focus of next week's National Transportation Safety Board hearing into last June's crash that killed nine people. The NTSB's Robert Sumwalt will oversee the hearing, which starts Tuesday. Metro's general manager, chief safety officer and board chairman are all scheduled to testify that day.

But Sumwalt says that does not mean Metro's management would solely be at fault for any lax safety oversight that might be found.

"We do want to explore the oversight of WMATA," he says. "But that oversight is the federal oversight, the state oversight and the oversight of the agency itself from its own board of directors."

Another reason safety oversight is so important according to Sumwalt: the NTSB has four open investigations into accidents involving Metro since last June.

"It's disturbing, and we intend to learn more about the oversight of WMATA through this public hearing," he says.

The hearing will not be the end of the investigation, which includes final recommendations from the board. The NTSB would like that to happen by the anniversary of the crash in June.

Matt Bush reports....

NPR

Book Review: 'Once In The West'

Tess Taylor reviews Christian Wiman's new collection of poems, "Once in the West."
NPR

'How To Cook Everything Fast'? Bittman Says Skip The Prep

Rachel Martin talks to food writer Mark Bittman about his new cookbook, "How to Cook Everything Fast," which thumbs its nose at the French tradition of having ingredients prepped before you cook.
NPR

Napolitano: ISIS Was One Of Many Similar Threats We Were Tracking

The former homeland security secretary and Arizona governor also talks about security improvements since the Sept. 11 attacks and the frustrations and potential solutions to the immigration debate.
NPR

EBay Spins Off PayPal Into Fast-Changing World Of Mobile Payments

Commerce and payments are splitting up. Ebay is breaking away from PayPal and its payments operation will turn into a separate, publicly traded company.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.