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Reports: NTSB Can’t Investigate Red Line Death Due to Government Shutdown

Contractor was killed in a construction accident early Sunday.

A contractor was killed and two were injured in a welding accident in the Red Line tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square stations, according to WMATA. (FILE | Patch)
A contractor was killed and two were injured in a welding accident in the Red Line tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square stations, according to WMATA. (FILE | Patch)

Due to the government shutdown, the National Transportation Safety Board can’t send investigators to the place where a contractor died Sunday while working on Metro’s Red Line, several news outlets have reported.   

The contractor, Harold Ingram, 41, died and two WMATA employees were injured in a welding accident in the Red Line tunnel between Union Station and Judiciary Square stations, according to WMATA.

Metro has promised a full investigation but a spokesperson for NTSB tells ABC 7 that the federal agency was unable to send workers to investigate the fatal accident.

>>>See: Metro death: Contractor killed in welding accident at WJLA.com.

The president of the Railroad Workers Union told the TV station that she was concerned there would be a lack of oversight, with NTSB sidelined due to the furloughs. 

Brigitta Mullican October 09, 2013 at 09:40 AM
Even with government shutdown, essential employees have to work. Why can't this be essential? If I were a supervisor with this responsibility I would allow this to be investigated. There is a big question on who is essential and nonessential during a government shutdown. Where is the common sense?

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