WASHINGTON (AP) — Union leaders say emergency responders are still having communication problems in Washington subway tunnels in the wake of a fatal accident on the system last month.
District of Columbia firefighters’ union president Ed Smith and emergency medical workers’ union president Kenneth Lyons discussed the ongoing issues on Thursday during a D.C. Council hearing on the accident.READ MORE: Olszewski To Host 2nd Community Meeting Soliciting Proposals For Baltimore County's American Rescue Plan Funds
Smith says firefighters’ radios wouldn’t necessarily work in the tunnels if something else went wrong. Lyons says emergency workers would be better off using cellphones.READ MORE: UMD To Receive $100K Contract To Upgrade EPA's Environmental Justice Tool
One passenger was killed and more than 80 others were taken to hospitals with smoke inhalation after a train filled with smoke in a tunnel near a downtown station. The National Transportation Safety Board says an electrical malfunction led to the smoke and is investigating the cause.MORE NEWS: Gregory Der Introduced As Howard County's Next Police Chief
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