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: