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Family: What good will this do?

The victims

Kenneth Hawkins, whose brother Dennis was killed in the Red Line crash, expressed some satisfaction that "hard-core facts" about causes of the crash emerged in the morning session of the NTSB's meeting Tuesday. But he remained dissatisfied overall.

"The question for me is, who's going to hold WMATA accountable," Hawkins told reporters at the lunch break. "Who's putting his foot on the neck of WMATA?"

He said the NTSB's role was limited to issuing recommendations and noted it had done that in the past without adequate impact. "They're coming out with the truth . . . but what's really going to happen" as a result, he asked rhetorically.

-- Robert McCartney

By Michael Bolden  | July 27, 2010; 11:57 AM ET
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Nothing will happen. Nothing will change. Welcome to the world of sovereign immunity.

NTSB == the UN, issuing strongly worded letters.

Metro's interchangeable responses to recommendations? "Meh." "No money." "Not enough time." "We can't because X." "We won't because Y."

See my previous comment in the "Bellying" post.

Posted by: nocando | July 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

WMATA is a government agency. It's job is to have it's boot on your neck, not the other way around.

To say otherwise is treason.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 27, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse


Exactly what government is WMATA an agency of?

Posted by: ceebee2 | July 27, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Where is WMATA's neck? The very suggestion is racist.

Posted by: fireball72 | July 27, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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