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.