TRANSPORT BRIEFS

TRANSPORT BRIEFS

FBI WIDENING PROBE

OF AMTRAK DERAILMENT

HYDER, Ariz. - After four days of combing an area around a trestle and dry riverbed, federal investigators are widening their net in search of the saboteur who derailed an Amtrak train.

Agents completed their work Thursday searching for leads in a remote stretch of Arizona desert where the Sunset Limited derailed, said the FBI's Robert Walsh.

Mr. Walsh said the FBI is interviewing residents in the area, as well as Amtrak and Southern Pacific Lines employees. SP owns the tracks that were sabotaged.

After authorities left the site, Southern Pacific began clearing the ripped-up track and said the line would be repaired and reopened as soon as possible, although no estimate was given.

The FBI has been given access to Amtrak personnel records, according to the railroad. Mr. Walsh cautioned against interpreting that to mean investigators have fixed on the theory that the saboteur was a disgruntled railroad employee.

Amtrak, meanwhile, is offering a $30,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the saboteur.

ALITALIA EXPECTED TO FIRE

MANAGING DIRECTOR

ROME - Italian state airline Alitalia, battered by losses and months of strife with unions over a tough restructuring plan, has called a board meeting for next Thursday to dismiss its managing director, newspapers reported Friday.

They said Roberto Schisano, brought in 18 months ago from the computer industry to revive the carrier's fortunes, had refused a request to step down

from Mario Tedeschi, the chairman of state holding company IRI, which holds a majority stake in the airline.

The reports said Mr. Tedeschi called the board meeting to force the removal of Mr. Schisano, who has tried to push through a tough cost-cutting program in the face of opposition from the airline's staff.

A spokesman for IRI confirmed that the Alitalia board would meet Oct. 19 but had no comment on the fate of Mr. Schisano. Alitalia declined to comment on the reports.