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D.C. Council to Address Response to Fatal Metro Accident

The D.C. Council will be asking questions about changes city agencies have made following a fatal accident on the city's subway system.

One passenger died and more than 80 others were sent to hospitals with smoke inhalation after smoke filled a train inside a tunnel last month. It took firefighters 30 minutes to reach the stricken passengers.

On Wednesday, a D.C. Council committee will question the city's interim fire chief and the director of the city's 911 call center at an oversight hearing. Among the topics expected to be addressed are radio communications and training.

Firefighters have said they were hindered because their radios didn't work in the subway tunnels. City firefighters have also received training for incidents on the Metro system less often than their suburban counterparts.

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