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Death Toll Rising in Washington-area subway train collision

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posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:05 PM
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two Metro subway trains collided between stations north of downtown Washington, D.C., during afternoon rush hour Monday, killing at least two people, a Metro representative said.

The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on an above-ground track on the Red Line near Takoma Park, Maryland.

At least nine people have been hurt, a Metro representative said, according to CNN affiliate WJLA.

[edit on 22/6/2009 by ocker]

[edit on 22/6/2009 by ocker]

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:07 PM
here is one of the first pictures out

shocking news

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:21 PM
"Metro reports that two trains collided and one train is on top of the other train. Metro reports massive injuries at this time," the Washington DC, emergency alert system said in an an e-mail message.

Fox television's local news affiliate showed passengers being escorted from a Metro train outside the Fort Totten station. The station said power to the station was shut off.

The NBC local affiliate TV station showed the front of one train lying on top of the front of the other train in open-air track in the north of the city. It said emergency workers were trying to free some of those trapped on the trains.

Monday's derailment comes more than two years after a subway train derailed near downtown Washington, sending 20 people to the hospital and prompting the rescue of 60 people from a tunnel.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:26 PM

(click to open player in new window)

[edit on 6/22/2009 by Alaskan Man]

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:26 PM
here is a link to the first video

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:29 PM
reply to post by Alaskan Man

sorry Dude

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:35 PM
The accident trapped passengers in one or more of the subway cars. Emergency rescue personnel were seeking to free the passengers, while others carried injured people off the trains on stretchers.

"We are working to first get everyone outside of the train and everyone who needs medical attention will get (it)," the general manager of metro system, John Catoe, told reporters.

Catoe said that up to 70 people "walked off" the trains, but had no immediate estimate of the number of injured.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:42 PM
The collision occurred above ground. Early television images from the scene showed one Metrorail train atop another in a more or less sideways position. Much of the Metrorail system, which opened in 1976, runs below ground, including a section that goes under the Potomac River from Washington into Virginia, and part of it goes over the river. It was unclear when one of the trains derailed but officials said the collision occurred at 5 p.m.

For people who live and work in the Washington area, the accident was sure to create travel delays and set off a chain reaction that would create even bigger than normal rush hour traffic jams on the streets, just as a major subway accident in New York City would cause. Metro officials advised residents to avoid the Red Line.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:43 PM
This is horrible. I hope all of our D.C. area ATSers are okay.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 05:47 PM
With today's technology there is no reason for this to happen. Unless of course someone was texting again and IF so then they should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest of the law.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 06:06 PM

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posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 06:07 PM

Originally posted by The Undertaker
With today's technology there is no reason for this to happen. Unless of course someone was texting again and IF so then they should be prosecuted and punished to the fullest of the law.

My feelings exactly. As for the texting issue, or basic inattentiveness in general, I found it utterly absurd that we have yet to install an automated braking Anti-Collision/Avoidance System on these trains. It could easily be accomplished through the retrofitting of Radar devices onto the front of the engine cars, and subsequently hardwiring them to the brakes through computers.

This is even more so ridiculous when considering the fact that Metro has been hyping the expenditure of funds for "Upgrading" the upholstery and paint jobs of these particular cars, yet they have done very little in the way of safety.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 06:39 PM
"With the four confirmed fatalities, it is my preliminary understanding that this would be then the deadliest accident in the history of our Metro train transit system," Fenty said at a news conference Monday evening.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 06:50 PM
reply to post by ocker

The local news here (NBC affiliate) saying one train waiting for another at the platform ahead that was lingering.

Third train rear-ended the stopped train. Agent19 had a very good point...these things are already supposed to be automated -- block sensors, auto-braking, associated signals, etc.

One fatality was a Metro train operator (presumably the the one that failed to stop). So, IF texting was a facter, may never know. Of course, there could always be a physical issue with the operator, but that's pure thinking outside the box right now....

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 11:07 PM
Obama offers prayers for victims of commuter crash

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the thoughts and prayers of the first family go out to the victims of the commuter train crash in Washington, D.C., that killed six people and injured scores of others.

Obama issued a statement Monday night thanking rescue personnel who helped to save lives.

Obama says his staff has been in touch with the office of Washington's mayor, Adrian Fenty, and will continue to monitor the situation.

Officials in Washington, D.C. say six people have been killed and about 70 injured in a collision of two subway trains during the late afternoon rush hour.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 11:10 PM
reply to post by weedwhacker

Yes this does seem to be operator error , lets hope not .

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 11:33 PM
A survivor, Jodie Wickett, described feeling a bump on the track, and then being flung forward when the train suddenly halted a few seconds later. She said she hit her head, but managed to get out and go to where the collision occurred a few cars up, where one subway car lay atop another.

"There was debris, and people pinned under in-between the two cars," Wickett said. "We were just trying to get them out and help them as much as possible, pulling back the metal."

People were badly injured, she said. "Ones that could speak were calling back as we called out to them."

One car was "about 75 percent compressed," and recovery workers aren't sure if any more bodies are inside, Fenty told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Monday night.

"We just haven't been able to cut through it to see if there's bodies in there," Fenty said.

A certified nursing assistant who was on one of the trains told CNN affiliate WUSA she was trying to help those in severe condition after the crash, including a lady who appeared to be in her 20s.

"She is very, very torn in her legs -- the muscles and everything are torn, ripped through. She had metal pieces in her face," said the nursing assistant, who said her name was Jeanie.

Other witnesses described seeing more blood than they had seen before.

those poor people.

posted on Jun, 22 2009 @ 11:52 PM
Officials had no explanation for the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board took charge of the investigation and sent a team to the site. DC police and the FBI also had investigators at the scene to help search the wreckage for any overlooked injured or dead passengers and evidence.
Officials would not say how fast the train was traveling at the time of the accident. The crash occurred in an area with a sizable distance between rail stations in which trains are allowed to travel at higher speeds, Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said.
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posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 01:18 AM
The death toll climbed to nine in a rush-hour collision between two Metro trains north of Washington on Monday, with scores more injured, CNN affiliates reported.

A total of 76 people were treated for injuries at the scene, including two with life-threatening injuries, said Chief Dennis Rubin of the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department for the District of Columbia. Two of the injured were emergency responders, Rubin said.

Four people were taken to Providence Hospital in Washington, including two with back injuries, one with a hip injury and one complaining of dizziness from hitting her head, hospital officials said.

Washington Hospital Center said it had received seven patients from the crash with non-life-threatening injuries, ranging from serious to minor. One person needed surgery. Howard University Hospital reported three patients from the crash and Suburban Hospital in Maryland said it had two.

One car was "about 75 percent compressed," and recovery workers aren't sure if any more bodies are inside, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty told CNN's "Larry King Live" on Monday night.

"We just haven't been able to cut through it to see if there's bodies in there," Fenty said.

"The scene is as horrific as you can imagine," Fenty said in a news conference. "One car was almost squeezed completely together."

this is dreadful.

posted on Jun, 23 2009 @ 07:12 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal safety official says in the wake of Washington's deadly subway accident that the country needs better crash-worthiness standards for rail cars.

Debbie Hersman, an investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board, said Tuesday that it had "made recommendations to various entities," including the metropolitan and federal government, to improve safety standards.

Nine people were killed and scores of others were injured, some seriously, in the accident during Monday's rush hour in the nation's capital along a part of Metro system track that carries passengers from the District of Columbia into suburban Maryland.

Hersman said Tuesday the NTSB "is going to be looking very closely" at what caused Monday's rear-end collision involving two Metro trains, noting that there had been an accident in 2004 that raised the concern of federal safety officials about the transit system. Hersman said on ABC's "Good Morning America" that "we know accidents are going to happen," but that there must be a better system to prevent them.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

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