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Metro’s silence is deafening

It’s a simple and straightforward question: Did Metro officials call Sandra Konopelski, the Shiloh woman who was hit and killed by a MetroLink train, apparently while trying to rescue an opossum?

A wildlife rehabilitation group has a text from Konopelski saying that Metro called her about the opossum. Nothing wrong if the agency did; she handled these sorts of situations all the time. But Metro won’t confirm or deny the call. It’s citing the “ongoing investigation” excuse to justify its silence. “These investigations take time, sometimes a year or more,” said Metro spokeswoman Patti Beck. Wait, a year or more?

Sounds to us like Metro has decided to play possum and wait for this tragedy to fade a bit from public interest. Why Metro is so reluctant to confirm a detail that’s bound to come out is anyone’s guess.

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