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Collision of Two Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Trains - Closing Statement
Robert L. Sumwalt
Washington, DC

Since there are no other witnesses to be called to testify at this time, this portion of the Safety Board’s investigation is concluded.  However, I want to emphasize that in accordance with our procedures, this investigation will remain open to receive, at any time, new and pertinent information regarding this accident.  The Safety Board may, at its discretion, re-open the inquiry in order that such information is made part of the public record.
As parties to this hearing, you will have the opportunity to submit proposed findings of facts, conclusions, and recommendations.  Please forward any such submissions to the National Transportation Safety Board by March 19, 2010.  Any parties making such a submission should also send copies of their proposals to each of the other parties.  Any and all such proposals will be made part of the public docket and will receive careful consideration during the Safety Board’s analysis of the evidence, and during the preparation of the Safety Board’s final report of this accident.  From the evidence collected, the Safety Board will determine the probable cause of this accident, and make any recommendations necessary to prevent similar accidents. The final report will take several months to complete.  However, safety recommendations may be made at any time.
On behalf of the National Transportation Safety Board, I want to thank the parties in this proceeding for their cooperation, not only during this proceeding, but also throughout the entire investigation of this accident.  Also, on behalf of the Board of Inquiry and Technical Panel, I want to express sincere appreciation to all of those groups, companies, associations, and agencies that have participated throughout this hearing. Last, but certainly not least, I want to thank all of the witnesses who gave testimony during this hearing.
This hearing is now adjourned.