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US rail workers told to skip inspections as questions mount over Ohio crash

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In leaked audio heard by the Guardian, a manager for one of the US’s largest rail companies can be heard explaining to a former carman that they should stop tagging railcars for broken bearings.

The manager says doing so delays other cargo.The disclosure comes as federal agencies investigate the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio.

A wheel-bearing failure was cited as the cause of the crash in a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board.In late 2016, Stephanie Griffin, a former Union Pacific carman, went to her manager with concerns that she was getting pushback for tagging – or reporting for repair – railcars.

Her manager told her it was OK to skip inspections.Griffin asked if the manager could put that in writing. “That’s weird,” said the manager. “We have 56 other people who are not bad-ordering stuff out there.

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