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06/23/2009 05:00 AM ID: 79285 Permalink   

Two Trains Collide on DC Metro System


During the peak of Monday's rush hour in Washington, DC, around 5 p.m., a transit train collided with the rear of another train that was stopped on the tracks. Less than two hours afterward Homeland Security ruled out any possible terrorism connection.

So far there have been only six people confirmed as deceased with a rising death toll to come; rescue workers will be searching into the night for any possible survivors. At the scene of the crash, rescue workers treated 76 people for injuries.

The speed of the train was not confirmed but "the crash occurred in an area with a sizable distance between rail stations in which trains are allowed to travel at higher speed," said Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith.

    WebReporter: juggalotoka Show Calling Card    
ASSESS this news: BLOCK this news. Reason:
I was in a rush to post this since I am practically a DC resident could you please fix the 'peopled' in paragraph two.

-Thank You
  by: juggalotoka   06/23/2009 05:03 AM     
  how does this even happen?  
aren't these trains controlled by comupters and the like to make things like this impossible? it's not like the conductor has to press on the brakes as they're nearing a stop.

day after the summer solstice nevertheless.
  by: sceptre_of_fertility   06/23/2009 12:49 PM     
What OS are you using that you've never had a crash?
  by: VermiciousG     06/23/2009 04:32 PM     
  Not all trains ...  
are computer controlled, and even the ones that are still have a driver with manual override capabilities. I almost wonder if this guy was texting like the last train driver that caused a wreck.
  by: netwerk     06/23/2009 11:35 PM     
I happened to ride the line on the DC Metro that the crash occurred on( the red line) but I'm fine. These trains could be a six car or eight car, i read a while ago that the six car trains are operated by computer, and the eight car trains are operated manually. The one that crashed happened to be an older six car train, but it said that the emergency brake on it was pushed down but probably not in time and it crashed into the other one. Very horrible. I'm like scared to go on that train line now.
  by: rachel1085     06/24/2009 02:31 PM     
  Conspiracy theorists, take note!  
Among the fatalities was the guy who ordered fighter jets into the skies on 9/11. I'm sure he was about to blow the lid off the whole false-flag operation story and was *silenced* before he could ... : )
  by: Ben_Reilly     06/24/2009 06:37 PM     
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