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Two Trains Collide on WMATA Metro Red Line

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This is a breaking transit news alert…two trains have collided on the Red Line in Washington, D.C. this afternoon.

From ABC News 7 in Washington, “Metro confirms two trains have collided on the Red Line between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations. It happened close to the Fort Totten station, a Metro spokesperson said.

D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter said one train was on top of the other train.”

5:45pm Eastern – CNN is now reporting that one person has been confirmed dead at the scene.

6:15pm Eastern – WTOP is reporting that two people have died. Crews are working to free trapped people in the trains.

8pm Eastern – “John Catoe, WMATA General Mgr., says a train was stopped waiting, and it was struck by the second train, moving at speed. They were both on the same track.” The operator of one of the trains has died.

9pm Eastern – updates are coming in that 6 people have died. CNN also notes, “Seventy people were treated at the scene — 56 with minor injuries, 12 with moderate injuries and two with life-threatening injuries, according to Chief Dennis Rubin of Washington’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department.”

Some photos from the scene:

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5 Responses to “Two Trains Collide on WMATA Metro Red Line”

  1. Scott says:

    Apparently the two trains were sharing the same track, which is a common occurrence when there is construction work on the track going the opposite way. If you look at photos and a map you will see that the two trains collided at an area where there is a sharp bend in the tracks. According to Wikipedia, both trains de-railed and then collided. I have not heard any substantiated evidence for this de-railment theory though.

    Two trains being piled on top of each other is severe, but the trains are designed to ride up on each other in the event of a collision so that the “accordion” type force that causes a lot of injuries is mitigated…

  2. Scott says:

    Apparently the two trains were sharing the same track, which is a common occurrence when there is construction work on the track going the opposite way. If you look at photos and a map you will see that the two trains collided at an area where there is a sharp bend in the tracks. According to Wikipedia, both trains de-railed and then collided. I have not heard any substantiated evidence for this de-railment theory though.

    Two trains being piled on top of each other is severe, but the trains are designed to ride up on each other in the event of a collision so that the “accordion” type force that causes a lot of injuries is mitigated…

  3. Allen says:

    Thanks Scott – over on subchat most are saying that there was no single-tracking in the area where the accident took place. So I am not 100% sure yet.

    Agree on the “ride up” motion… thanks for the info

  4. Allen says:

    Thanks Scott – over on subchat most are saying that there was no single-tracking in the area where the accident took place. So I am not 100% sure yet.

    Agree on the “ride up” motion… thanks for the info

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