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Washington subway withdraws most cars from service after derailment

“We are concerned about other transit agencies in the United States,” Ms. Homendy said. “We may at some point make an urgent recommendation, or I would say if you’re a transit agency operating in the United States and you’re listening, be sure to check your cars as well.”

The NTSB only learned of the Washington Transportation Authority’s alignment failures after the federal agency opened its investigation into last week’s derailment, Homendy said.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Metro chief executive Paul J. Wiedefeld said the transit company was “working hand in hand” with federal investigators and the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission, the agency said. independent who oversees security in the Metro system. .

“I want to assure our customers that their safety is at the heart of every decision made,” said Mr. Wiedefeld. “We apologize for the reduction in service and ask our customers for their continued patience and support as we work to bring Metro back to normal operations. “

Kawasaki Rail did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

There were 187 passengers aboard a Blue Line subway train when it derailed at 4:51 p.m. on October 12, just south of Rosslyn Station in Arlington, Virginia, according to federal investigators. Passengers were evacuated and one person was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, investigators said.

A preliminary NTSB investigation found that the same train had derailed at least twice before that same day, at 3:23 p.m. and 4:13 p.m., but the train “derailed” itself due to the layout of the train. the track in the other two Locations.

Federal investigators said they found broken sections of a brake disc where the two previous derailments occurred. The car responsible for the derailment was four cars from the driver’s cabin, Joe Gordon, the NTSB official in charge of the investigation, said on Monday.

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