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Inspection of D.C.’s Metro Track Sensors in Order to Determine Cause of Crash

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D.C.’s mass transit system officials are going to inspect every inch of its tracks after Monday’s deadly metro accident. As we speak federal investigators are attempting to figure out whether problems found with a signaling system in one area could have contributed to the crash that killed nine people and injured over 80.

Inspections are now underway by metro officials on all 3,000 circuits and sections beneath the track that include a signaling system. These signals give critical information to passing trains such as when to stop or slow down. Testing is underway by the National Transportation Safety Board and initial reports have indicated a problem with one of the circuits in the area of Monday’s crash.

D.C.’s Metro rail officials have indicated that they are mot waiting around for the NTSB to complete their investigation before they take effective action to fix whatever the source of the problem turns out to be. In an effort to instill confidence and safety back into the rail system, the agency has arranged its trains to put the oldest and structurally weakest rail cars in the middle, instead of at the ends, where they are most vulnerable.

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