6 Metro workers fired for falsifying inspection records

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four Metro track inspectors and two supervisors have been fired for falsifying records after an investigation into a derailment in July.

Metro general manager Paul Wiedefeld announced the terminations on Thursday. He also says six more firings or suspensions are pending, and 28 of the rail network's 60 inspectors are facing some form of discipline.

Wiedefeld says the investigation "revealed a disturbing level of indifference, lack of accountability and flagrant misconduct."

Metro also has ordered a police investigation into track inspectors' actions.

Three riders reported injuries in the derailment, which began at the start of the morning rush on July 29. The East Falls Church station was closed for three days, and repairs cost $860,000. It was caused by tracks that were too far apart to support a train. 

Metro's board of directors has also voted to suspend late-night service on the beleaguered subway system for at least two more years.

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