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Officials Say WMATA Can Investigate Worker Death Without NTSB

The accident that claimed the life of a Metro contractor happen in a tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square.
The accident that claimed the life of a Metro contractor happen in a tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square.

Metro continues to investigate what caused a work accident that killed a contractor on the Red Line tracks.

Three days after a one-ton piece of rail struck and killed 41-year-old Harold Ingram, Metro says the root cause of the accident has not been determined. A transit authority spokesman says Metro's independent Safety Department, led by its Chief Safety Officer, is leading the investigation, with the Tri-State Oversight Committee monitoring it.

Clara Baryshev is the new chairwoman of the oversight committee. She says the government shutdown that's furloughed investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board is not hampering things.

"WMATA is very capable to do their own investigation," she says.

The Metro spokesman says the investigations findings will be presented to the public, but there is no timetable for when that may happen.

Ingram worked for the Holland Company, a welding services firm. The company president declined to comment.

The Washington Post reports that Ingram was a Virginia native who served in the National Guard for more than 20 years, was deployed to Iraq, had five children, and had been working for the contractor just three weeks.


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