The investigation into the worst Metro train accident in history has begun. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has begun the investigation into Monday's Metro train collision. The NTSB is conducting "sight distance tests" to discover when the conductor of the 2nd train could have seen the first and at what speed it was going. This investigation is necessary because neither train was equipped with a data recorder or "black box " to tell investigators what was happening prior to the collision. Investigators have discovered that the emergency brake was pushed prior to the collision. It has also been discovered that the train that rear-ended the stopped train was two months overdue for routine brake maintenance.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that the safety procedures employed by WMATA have failed and led to the wrongful death and/or injury of an innocent victim. In 2006 there were two separate accidents which led to the deaths of three Metro employees performing track work.
The NTSB made suggestions of implementing new safeguards to prevent this type of accident from occurring again. The investigation will look into whether the safeguards or Metro's scheduled maintenance of the train at issue was to blame for this accident. Click here to read the NTSB's 2004 report recommending safeguards.
If you or someone you love was injured or killed in this accident, please contact the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C.