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Alonzo-ny
June 22nd, 2009, 06:15 PM
US subway trains in collision
From BBC


Fire crews are at the scene of the accident

Two rush-hour subway trains have collided in Washington DC, killing at least one person, according to reports.

Washington transport authorities said "massive injuries" had been reported.

"Metro reports that two trains collided and one train is on top of the other train. Metro reports massive injuries at this time," it said in a statement.

ABC reported the crash happened above ground in the Takoma Park area of the city at 1700 local time (2200 BST). Emergency crews are on the scene.

Washington fire spokesman Alan Etter told the Associated Press news agency at least one person had been killed and the crash was developing into a "mass casualty event".

He said crews were cutting apart the trains to get people out. He said there were severe injuries, but no indication of how many.

scumonkey
June 22nd, 2009, 06:22 PM
They are now reporting 6 dead :(:(:(:(:(:(

stache
June 22nd, 2009, 07:06 PM
Now there are nine fatalities. :(

scumonkey
June 22nd, 2009, 11:58 PM
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Alonzo-ny
June 23rd, 2009, 05:10 AM
US train crash toll rises to nine
From BBC

At least nine people have been killed and 70 injured in a subway train collision in Washington DC.

Carriages of one train came to rest on top of the other after the collision near a station, officials said.

The female driver of the moving train - which crashed into the back of a stationary train - was among the dead.

The crash - the worst in the 33 years of the Metro system - happened above ground between Fort Totten and Takoma Park at 1700 local time (2200 BST).

Passenger Jodie Wickett told CNN she had been sitting on one of the six-car trains, sending text messages on her phone, when she felt the impact.

She said: "From that point on, it happened so fast, I flew out of the seat and hit my head."

Washington mayor Adrian Fenty has visited the scene of the crash

Ms Wickett said she stayed at the scene and tried to help.

She added: "People are just in very bad shape. The people that were hurt, the ones that could speak, were calling back as we called out to them.

"Lots of people were upset and crying, but there were no screams."

President Barack Obama said in a statement: "Michelle and I were saddened by the terrible accident in north-east Washington DC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy.

"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to save lives."
Washington fire chief Dennis Rubin said approximately 200 firefighters were at the scene of the accident.

He said 76 people were treated at the scene and six of those were sent to hospital with critical injuries.

'Deadliest accident'

He said the majority were walking wounded.

The dead driver was named as Jeanice McMillan, 42, by the Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post.

Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty described it as "the deadliest accident in the history of our Metro train transit system".

He added: "We have to at this time continue to act and behave as a rescue scene."
BBC correspondent Richard Lister said it was possible people were still trapped in the lower of the two train carriages.

He said Mr Rubin had reported that parts of that carriage were 70 to 80% compressed.

I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere
Passenger Abra Jeffers

The general manager of the Washington subway, John Catoe, said the crash had happened as one train waited for another to clear a station ahead.

He said: "The next train came up behind [the waiting train] and, for reasons we do not know, ploughed into the back.

"We are committed to investigate this accident until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again."

Both trains involved in the collision were heading in the direction of Washington rather than to the city's outlying areas.

This meant the trains were likely to have had fewer people on them, AP quoted Debbie Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

Busy commuter line

"I was on the train that got hit. I thought it was an explosion," passenger Abra Jeffers, 25, told the AFP news agency. "I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere."

Passenger Theroza Doshi told the Reuters news agency: "It just happened. There was no slowing down of the train, just a jerk."

Our correspondent added the accident had happened at the peak of rush hour, on what is a popular and busy commuter line.

The accident is the Metro network's first crash with a passenger fatality since 1982 when three people were killed in a derailment.

Alonzo-ny
June 23rd, 2009, 07:24 PM
Crash subway 'warned over trains'
From BBC

The Washington DC subway was urged to replace or upgrade aging trains three years before Monday's crash that killed nine people, investigators have said.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said the trains had continued running on the system despite a warning the board had given in 2006.

About 70 people were injured as a crash left carriages of one of the trains resting on top of another one.

The accident happened in rush hour, at 1700 local time (2200 BST).

The NTSB had called for the replacement or upgrading of some carriages after investigating a 2004 accident which injured 20 passengers, reported Reuters.

"We recommended to WMATA [Washington's Metro Area Transit Authority] to either retrofit those cars or phase them out of the fleet," the agency quoted NTSB's Debbie Hersman as saying.

"They have not been able to do that and our recommendation was not addressed."

'Loud impact'

The city's mayor Adrian Fenty said the crash was "the deadliest accident in the history of our Metro train transit system".

On Tuesday, Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith said two men and seven women had died, confirming early reports of the number of fatalities.

She said that five bodies had been recovered from the wreckage on Tuesday, in addition to the four removed on Monday.

The death toll had been revised down for several hours on Tuesday after Mr Fenty said just seven people had been killed.

The collision happened above ground between Fort Totten and Takoma, when a moving train crashed into a stationary train waiting to enter a station.

Passenger Maya Maroto, who was on board the moving train, said it had been going at "full speed".

I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere

Passenger Abra Jeffers

"I didn't hear any braking. Everything was just going normally. Then there was a very loud impact. We all fell out of our seats.

"Then the train filled up with smoke. I was coughing," she told the Associated Press (AP).

Theroza Doshi told Reuters news agency: "There was no slowing down of the train, just a jerk. There was no attempt at braking.

"We just slammed into whatever we slammed into."

Passenger Abra Jeffers, 25, told the AFP news agency: "I was on the train that got hit. I thought it was an explosion. I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere."

Driver killed

Washington fire chief Dennis Rubin said approximately 200 firefighters had attended the scene.

He said 76 people were treated there and six of those were sent to hospital with critical injuries.

He said the majority were walking wounded.

On Tuesday morning, Mr Fenty said two of the patients with critical injuries remained in hospital.

The driver of the moving train was among the dead, and was named as Jeanice McMillan, 42, by the Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post.

See a map of the crash site

Mr Rubin said a large crane had been used to separate mangled pieces of wreckage so that rescuers could search for injured or dead.

He said parts of the lower carriage were 70 to 80% compressed, and that rescuers did not know if there were still more bodies to be found.

A thorough search of the sidings and surrounding woodland had been made, he said.

Survivors of the crash describe the accident

The general manager of the Washington subway, John Catoe, said: "We are committed to investigate this accident until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again."

Investigators have been trying to find recorders that would have details of the train's speed at the time of the crash and other information which could explain how the accident happened.

The crash happened at the peak of rush hour on a busy commuter line.
But the trains involved were heading towards the centre of Washington rather than to the city's outlying areas.

This meant they were likely to have had fewer people on them, AP quoted Ms Hersman as saying.

President 'saddened'

Passenger Jodie Wickett told CNN she had been sitting on one of the six-car trains, sending text messages on her phone, when she felt the impact.

She said: "From that point on, it happened so fast, I flew out of the seat and hit my head."
Ms Wickett said she stayed at the scene and tried to help.

She said: "The people that were hurt, the ones that could speak, were calling back as we called out to them.

"Lots of people were upset and crying, but there were no screams."

President Barack Obama said in a statement: "Michelle and I were saddened by the terrible accident in north-east Washington DC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy.

"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to save lives."
The accident is the 33-year-old Metro network's first crash with any passenger fatalities since 1982 when three people were killed in a derailment.

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ablarc
June 24th, 2009, 12:28 PM
Texting.