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News Conference Highlights: Post's Lena Sun

Post reporter Lena H. Sun, who covers Metro, identified the following points as the highlights of this morning's news conference:

  • There were no black boxes on the train that hit the stationary train, so no data will be available from that train.
  • There were nine event recorders on the train that was struck, so that data will eventually be recovered.
  • NTSB will be looking at possible mechanical causes, signaling and operator training, among other issues.
  • Perhaps most significant: NTSB says it told Metro after the 2004 crash that it should put event recorders on the 1000 series of trains, and should make them more crashworthy. Metro did not do so. The 1000 series comprises about 30 percent of the fleet, and is being phased out. Metro head John Catoe did not have an immediate response about why those recommendations were not followed but said the agency would do a full investigation.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 23, 2009; 8:48 AM ET
 
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