WASHINGTON - Metro Transit Police have opened an investigation into the July 29 East Falls Church Metro derailment.
One person was injured and the East Falls Church station was shut down for days after the incident. Authorities later found out deteriorated track ties had caused the tracks to widen, leading to the derailment.
"The administrative review uncovered information that warrants further investigation by Metro Transit Police," Metro General Manager Paul J. Wiedefeld said in the statement. "While Safety department investigations determine cause and accountability, it is even more important to understand if other issues must be addressed with the way track inspections and maintenance have been conducted."
Wiedefeld added that the public has "a right to know that the tracks on which their trains run are being properly inspected," and that "information uncovered to date raises potentially serious concerns, and we will take all actions necessary to get answers and hold people accountable."
Wiedefeld assured riders on Thursday that the SafeTrack program underway has been and will continue to be subject to quality controls from multiple internal and external groups to ensure all track work meets Metro’s high standards. Metro is engaging an outside engineering firm to conduct a comprehensive review of its track inspection program.
"While we continue the due diligence to identify the cause of any conditions that may have contributed to this incident, Metro is simultaneously repairing the system and providing better rules, training, quality control and line management," said Wiedefeld.