Following Metrorail’s worst mishap in the US, federal investigators are casting around for any record or device crucial to find as to what speed the Washington subway train was going at when rammed into another after diving violently into air, killing at least 9 people and injuring scores of others during the height of Monday’s afternoon rush hour.
According to National Transportation Safety Board officials, the train may have a recording device that could help to find its speed when the crash occurred and if it was running automatically or being operated manually when it hit the other train.
Metro officials, in the morning, warned commuters to expect delays throughout the system. While service on MARC’s Brunswick line in Maryland was suspended and auto traffic being rerouted in several streets in Washington were closed.
National Transportation Safety Board has recommendations to various entities, including the metropolitan and federal government to better safety standards, said Debbie Hersman, an investigator with the board.
Nine people were killed and scores of others were injured, some seriously, in the accident along a part of Metro system track that carries passengers from the District of Columbia into suburban Maryland.