NTSB to Hold Media Briefing for Final Report on 2021 WMATA Train Derailment


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​​​WASHINGTON (Jan. 2, 2024) — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a media briefing Thursday to release the final report on the Oct. 12, 2021, derailment of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority train in Arlington, Virginia.

An NTSB video animation of the derailment sequence will be shown at the briefing.

The WMATA Blue Line train derailed in a tunnel while traveling from Rosslyn Station toward Arlington Cemetery Station. All railcars remained upright and in-line. All 187 passengers and the train operator were evacuated to Arlington Cemetery Station, and no injuries were reported.

WHAT: Media briefing on the WMATA Arlington derailment final report with NTSB video animation

WHO: NTSB Chair Jennifer Homendy and Investigator-in-Charge Joe Gordon 

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. Eastern time

WHERE: NTSB Headquarters, 490 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC, 6th Floor 

Journalists wishing to attend must RSVP by emailing ​[email protected] ​ and bring photo identification.


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