EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRockefeller Says Government Shutdown Hindering Investigation Of Train Crash
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Reported by: Heath Harrison
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Oct. 12, 2013 5:08 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 12, 2013 5:18 PM EDT
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., said Friday that the ongoing government shutdown is hindering the investigation of a train accident in Randolph County that killed one and injured dozens.
Rockefeller, who chairs the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, released a statement on the accident.
"My heart goes out to all those who are suffering from injuries and to the families of those who were hurt or killed,” Rockefeller said. “All of West Virginia holds them in our thoughts and prayers.”
"Now, we must wait for the authorities to determine the cause of this terrible event,” Rockefeller said. “Unfortunately, due to the federal government shutdown, the nation's leading accident investigators at the National Transportation Safety Board are furloughed and unavailable to investigate this incident – a stark reminder of the urgent need to get the government back to work without delay."
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