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THIRD UPDATE: Metro D. C. train crash, 4 dead, 70 injured.

CNN is leading with a breaking story. It appears to be a head-on, which raises issues of which we are all well aware.

The crash occurred just before 5 p.m. on an above-ground track on the Red Line near Takoma Park, Maryland, according to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Watch “live” coverage here.

UPDATE: death toll at six.

These are Metro trains running on Metro tracks.

SECOND UPDATE: Washington Post reports possible signal failure operator error.

THIRD UPDATE: L. A. Times: 9 dead, emergency brake was applied

Filed under: Regional USA Passenger Rail

2 Responses

  1. WS says:

    I heard from a friend that officials have found up to 9 have “passed-on” from this incident. Do you know if that is true? Such sad thing. Fox said that the metro is still using the original fleet from when the lines were opened. Granted I am not sure how accurate Fox is…

  2. Spokker says:

    I don’t know if they were the original cars, but they are indeed old cars. The NTSB has asked them to stop using the 1000 series cars, but how can an underfunded transit agency put cars out of service when ridership is booming?

    Transit agencies are between a rock and a hard place now. I have seen some people attack rail investment using this accident already. After the initial shock wears off, the discussion about policy, money, and blame begins.

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