It has now been reported that at least nine people have been killed in Monday’s tragic and fatal Washington D.C. Metro train crash. The collision occurred during rush hour on June 22, 2009 and has sent waves of shock and emotion throughout the nation. Such a catastrophic accident has never been seen in the history of the Metro’s thirty-three year transportation service. At this time, 76 passengers are reported to have experienced personal injuries including two in serious condition.
Jeanice McMillan, 42, the operator of the train, was among those killed in the D.C. train crash. Metro spokeswoman, Candace Smith stated that of the nine confirmed dead, two victims were men and seven were women.
According to an article, the general manager of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (Metro), John Catoe, stated, “There is unbelievable destruction and damage…what I saw was far worse than anything you can imagine.” Apparently, the two trains were on route to the Fort Totten station during rush hour when one was stopped on the track and was struck in the rear by the second train. As a result of the crash, the second train crushed to about one third of its original size, according to Adrian Fenty, the Mayor of Washington. It is still unknown whether the deceased passengers were on the train that was stationary or the train that was mobile.
Although the train’s speed at the time of the collision remains a large part of the investigation still to be determined, Metro trains are capable of going fifty five to fifty nine miles per hour due to a longer distance in between stops at the D.C. and Maryland border.
Considering that the last wrongful death accident on this rail system was in 1982, this accident is sure to receive a thorough investigation.
Those seeking information pertaining to family members on the train, are asked to call 311 inside of the District of Columbia and 202-737-4404 outside of DC. We are saddened by this tragic accident and our hearts go out to the injured victims and the families of those who have died. We will keep our readers posted as more information on an investigation is revealed.