Audit questions MARTA safety

ATLANTA — A federal audit of Atlanta’s public transit system has raised several safety concerns about equipment, a near-miss involving a train and the death of a man whose clothing became caught in an escalator.

WSB-TV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained the previously unreleased audit of the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority this month through the Freedom of Information Act.

The 2010 Federal Transit Administration says a man was strangled by clothing caught in an escalator and took an hour to die, but no MARTA police officers responded. Auditors say police failed to respond despite the entire episode being captured by security cameras.

In response to those concerns, a MARTA official said the system doesn’t have the resources to continually monitor the cameras.

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