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2 Dead in Red Line Train Collision; Rescues Still Underway

posted 06/22/09 6:23 pm

WASHINGTON - Metro confirms two trains have collided on the Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations, killing at least two people and injuring many others.
The latest from the scene: People are still being pulled from trains. Crews are unjamming doors. The trains were not full.

Metro spokeswoman Kathy Asata said the incident began when a six-car Red Line train traveling toward Shady Grove (inbound) derailed between Fort Totten and Takoma. It then collided with another train.

Metro was unsure whether the trains collided head on, or whether it was struck from behind.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said one train was on top of the other train.

This is "developing into a mass casualty event," Etter said. "We're expecting a number of injuries. We're not aware of any fatalities at this point."

ABC 7's Brad Bell reports seeing several people with what appear to be broken limbs. He also has seen ambulances lined up.

Train traffic has been stopped in the area. Shuttle bus service has been requested, Metro said.

ABC 7 has multiple crews en route to the scene. Check back for further updates.
 

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6 Killed in Deadliest Crash in Metro History; Scene Still Not Cleared

WASHINGTON - A Metro train slammed into the back of a stopped train on the Red Line during the height of rush hour Monday afternoon, killing at least six people and injuring 70 others in the deadliest crash in the transit agency's 33-year history.
"The scene is as horrific as you can imagine," D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said in a news conference . "The one car of the train squeezed almost together."

Fenty also confirmed there were six fatalities. The D.C. Fire department is still going through the wreckage and it will be a few hours before the total number of casualties is confirmed, Fenty said, indicating the total number of fatalities could rise.

"It is my preliminary understanding that this is ... the deadliest accident in the history of" Metro, Fenty said earlier, in a news conference shortly after 7 p.m., about two hours after the trains collided. "We want to express our condolences to all the family members... Our hearts go out to the many loved ones."

D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Dennis Rubin said six people were dead; six patients had life-threatening injuries, 14 had moderate injuries and 50 people had minor injuries -- "walking wounded", Rubin said.

Two D.C. firefighters involved in the rescue efforts suffered minor injuries Rubin said. It was unclear if those two injuries were included in the earlier total he gave.

Rubin said firefighters were still clearing the last two cars, the most severely damaged ones.

People are still being pulled from trains, Fenty said. ABC 7 News has learned three people are believed to still be trapped on the train. More than 200 firefighters were called to the scene.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are on scene. Their investigation will begin once D.C. Fire and EMS has cleared the scene.
More here:

http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0609/634125.html
 

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WJLA now says 9 people have died... :(
 

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Tuesday Red Line service altered as a result of Monday collision

Press Release from the WMATA:

Tuesday Red Line service altered as a result of Monday collision

Red Line service will be severely impacted on Tuesday, June 23, as a result of a fatal collision on the Red Line on Monday, June 22, between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

Red Line riders will have several options on Tuesday morning, however if they are able to avoid the Red Line, that may be the best option for Tuesday.

The Red Line will be operating in two sections on Tuesday. Trains will run back and forth between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations and between the Shady Grove and the Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station. All trains will be six- and eight-car trains on the Red Line and they will be running about 8 to 10 minutes apart. Trains are expected to be very crowded. The Brookland-CUA, Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations will be closed to Red Line traffic.

Free Metrobus shuttles will be available to take customers around the incident between the Silver Spring, Fort Totten, Brookland-CUA, Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood and Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metrorail stations. People can expect long waits for buses as a full Metrorail train often carries 100 people or more per car and a bus can only hold about 50 people at a time.

Metro officials recommend that customers who normally use the Red Line between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations should commute to Metrorail stations between the Shady Grove and Grosvenor-Strathmore Metrorail stations, or to use the following Metrobus lines to avoid the service disruption:

• Metrobus C8 line (Glenmont to White Flint)
• Metrobus Q2 line (Wheaton to Rockville)
• Metrobus C2, C4 line (Wheaton to Twinbrook)
• Metrobus J1 line (Silver Spring to Medical Center)
• Metrobus J2, J3, J4 line (Silver Spring to Bethesda)
• Metrobus L7, L8 line (Friendship Heights)

Metro officials also recommend that people utilize the Green Line from Greenbelt to the Fort Totten Metrorail station for service into downtown DC.

MARC’s Brunswick Line service will be suspended on Tuesday due to the proximity of its tracks to the accident scene.

Metro safety and operations officials are working hand-in-hand with the National Transportation Safety Board investigating the cause of the accident.

People who believe that their relatives may have been on board the train can call 311 in the District of Columbia, 202-737-4404 or 202-671-0722 to find out which hospital they have been taken to for medical assistance. A family reunification center has been established at 501 Riggs Road, NE in Washington.

“This is an incredibly tragic day and our hearts go out to the families of those who suffered fatalities and to those whose loved ones are injured,” said Metro General Manager John Catoe. “We are committed to investigate this accident until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again.”

Metro officials do not know the cause of the 5 p.m. Monday collision and are not likely to know the cause for several days as the investigation unfolds. Both trains were on the same track headed toward Shady Grove Metrorail station, according to preliminary reports. The female operator was on the trailing train.

The only other time in Metrorail’s 33-year history that there were customer fatalities was in January 1982, when three people died as a result of a derailment between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metrorail stations. The only other time that Metrorail had a collision was in 2004 when two trains collided at the Woodley Park/Zoo-Adams Morgan Metrorail station, in which there were some minor injuries.

This is the seventh of several updates.
http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=2623
 

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Makes me glad I'm staying in Rockville for my internship and don't have to go further than Metro Center. That was a horrible event to hear of.
 

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I thing in two possibility ,,,,,

-a brake failure
-an (way-changer) failure ,,,, maybe one of this device that let the train change of one way to ather way .. didn t back to the original form ,, ,, , then the next train passing invaded the busy way
 

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press release from the baltimore sun...

A spokeswoman for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which operates Metro, confirmed shortly after 10:30 a.m. that the death toll had reached nine. Among the dead was the operator of the train that crashed into the stopped train. Jeanice McMillan, 42, of Springfield, Va., had been a Metro train operator since 2007. Identities of the remaining victims have not been released.

Other passengers who were killed were Mary Doolittle, 59, of northwest Washington; Ana Fernandez, 40, of Hyattsville; Dennis Hawkins, 64, of southeast Washington and Lavonda King, 23, of northeast D.C. The four victims ranged in age from 23 to 64, Metro officials said at a special board meeting Tuesday afternoon.
this is absolutely horrible. sad news indeed.:eek:hno:
 

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It turns out that old equipment was mostly to blame for the tragic collision. The train that caused the collision was nearly forty years old and the NTSB had recommended it be taken out of service..... in 2006!:bash:

If this accident isn't a wake-up call that more spending on public transit is needed (to replace rolling stock for example) then I don't know what is.
 

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I was really hoping that Metrorail replace the aging rolling stock. I don't feel as confident and safe in those than I do in the newer and nicer ones. I hope they do this asap.
 

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It turns out that old equipment was mostly to blame for the tragic collision. The train that caused the collision was nearly forty years old and the NTSB had recommended it be taken out of service..... in 2006!:bash:

If this accident isn't a wake-up call that more spending on public transit is needed (to replace rolling stock for example) then I don't know what is.

damn, I thought they would say "texting" was the cause.
 

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It turns out that old equipment was mostly to blame for the tragic collision. The train that caused the collision was nearly forty years old and the NTSB had recommended it be taken out of service..... in 2006!:bash:

If this accident isn't a wake-up call that more spending on public transit is needed (to replace rolling stock for example) then I don't know what is.
Yeah, but you know how people love to sleep long and hard.

And here's hoping that they listen for a change.
 

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My bet is that it turns out to be a massive system failure. I believe these systems are built with automatic controls that are supposed to stop the train before they blow by stations, run past the end of the track or collide. At busy times of the day, these controls are always on, so even if the driver were texting, asleep or incapacitated, the train should stop, if somewhat abruptly. The light rail used to do this prematurely under certain conditions. Considering how much disruption was caused by the much less serious wheel cracks on the light rail, the DC subway ought to be a mess for quite a while until they pull off each car and check its operation.
 

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Thursday Red Line service altered as a result of Monday collision

Red Line trains will share one track through area during morning and evening rush hours

Red Line service will continue to be impacted on Thursday, June 25, as a result of a fatal collision on the Red Line on Monday, June 22, between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

Red Line trains will take turns sharing one track between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations from 5 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 10 p.m. Trains will service the Glenmont side of the track at Fort Totten.

Service will be temporarily halted between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m. to allow the National Transportation Safety Board to continue testing and its investigation of Monday’s accident. During that time, Red Line trains will operate between the Glenmont and Silver Spring Metrorail stations and between the Shady Grove and Fort Totten Metrorail stations.

Free Metrobus shuttles will be available throughout the day to help move customers between the Silver Spring, Takoma, Fort Totten and Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metrorail stations. People can expect long waits for buses as a full Metrorail train carries about 100 people per car, but a bus can only hold about 50 people at a time.

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Media contact for this news release: 202-962-1051.
http://www.wmata.com/about_metro/news/PressReleaseDetail.cfm?ReleaseID=2627
 

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Old Metro Cars Will Go in Middle of Trains

Entire Red Line will open again for evening rush

Metro is rearranging its trains to put the system's oldest and structurally weakest rail cars in the middle of trains, where they would be less vulnerable, Metro GM John Catoe said.

The 1,000-series cars, which were built in the 1970s, were involved in Monday's collision in which nine people were killed. They had previously been singled out for criticism by federal safety officials, who said they should have been reinforced or replaced to make them better able to withstand a crash.

General Manager John Catoe said at a Metro board meeting Thursday that the agency is in the process of putting the 1,000-series cars in the middle of trains. On Wednesday, the union representing Metro workers demanded that change.

Entire Red Line Open For Evening Rush

Metro reopening all Red Line stations during the morning rush hours, and will do so again this evening, but officials are still warning of delays.

Trains are running again on the Red Line between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations, where Monday's fatal crash occurred. However, trains will take turns sharing one track in that area Thursday.

Service will be temporarily halted between the Silver Spring and Fort Totten stations from 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Thursday and after 10 p.m. to allow National Transportation Safety Board officials to continue their investigation.

Free shuttles will be available between the Silver Spring, Takoma and Fort Totten stations during those hours.

Copyright Associated Press
http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/All-Metro-Red-Line-Stations-Open-for-Rush-Hours.html
 

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All trains will run manually unless otherwise noted.
 
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