Monday, June 22, 2009

Red Line Metro Train Collision

A horrific accident on the Metro happened today at 5pm on the Red Line. Apparently two trains collided head-on between the Fort Totten and Takoma stations. Some news agencies are reporting that one train actually ended up on top of the other train.

WJLA is currently reporting 1 fatality and 9 injuries. Washington Post doesn't have any more details either.

I received this text message alert from AlertDC at 5:45:

Metro reports that 2 train collided and one train is on top of the other train.
Metro reports massive injuries at this time. The green line and the red line are
affected. Further information to follow.

As someone who rides Metro regularly, I didn't think this type of accident was possible. Very scary.

Update 6/23/2009:

The casualty count is now 9 deaths and 76 injuries. The trains did not collide head-on, but instead one train ran into the rear of the first stopped train.