9 Confirmed Dead in DC Metro Crash

Authorities have confirmed that 9 passengers involved in the May 22, 2009 D.C. Metro train collision have died.  Though the identities of all victims has not been revealed, the age range for those victims who have been identified ranges from age 23 to age 64. The operator of the train, Jeanice McMillan, 42, was among those killed in the D.C. area crash.  Metro spokeswoman, Candace Smith reported that, of the nine confirmed dead, seven victims were women and two were men. It still remains unclear as to which train the deceased passengers were on – the train that was stationary or the train that was mobile. At the time of the report, it was stated by Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty that two people, of the total 76 victims who were treated at local area hospitals, remained in critical condition. A third victim has been upgraded from critical condition. The accident that caused these injuries resulted when two D.C. Red line transit trains collided.  Though the specific causes of the accident remain unknown, it is speculated that the train’s computerized signal system failed. The system is supposed to automatically slow trains down and come to a complete stop to prevent them from[…..]

Washington D.C. Metro Train Accident Kills 6, Injures Many More

A terrible Washington D.C. metro train accident has occurred today. The Associated Press recently reported that two, Red line transit trains collided in Washington D.C., severely injuring upwards of 70 people. At least six people have been confirmed dead as a result of the accident. Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash, although it is known that both trains were traveling on the same track. According to the D.C. Emergency Management Agency, “all passengers have been removed from the trains.” Alan Ettner, District of Columbia fire spokesman described the event as a “mass casualty event.” Cars from one train jackknifed into the air, and fell onto the other train. The crash, which took place at the height of evening rush hour, occurred in the Washington D.C. area just outside of the Maryland border, in between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations. The two collided trains had to be cut apart in order to rescue passengers, many of whom were in visible shock. The crash is the deadliest in D.C. Metro history. Passenger Jodie Wickett, a nurse and one of the passengers, remained at the scene to help out however she could. According to Wickett, “Lots of people[…..]