Cause of fatal DC subway fire to be determined

Passengers spent more than 30 minutes inside the smoke-filled train before firefighters arrived


The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators are set to determine the cause of an electrical fire that killed a passenger on a subway train in downtown Washington.

The National Transportation Safety Board will issue its conclusions about the January 2015 fire at a board meeting on Tuesday.

The NTSB has already found problems with the third-rail power cables at the site of the electrical malfunction. Investigators also found repeated water leaks that led to corrosion near the site.

The fire caused a packed rush-hour train to stall inside a tunnel near L'Enfant Plaza, home to a cluster of federal office buildings. Passengers spent more than 30 minutes inside the smoke-filled train before firefighters arrived. Sixty-one-year-old Carol Glover died of acute respiratory failure and dozens more were sickened by smoke.

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