DC Metro Confirms Earlier Reports Of 9 Dead

Metro transit officials are confirming an earlier report that nine people were killed in a train collision.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith says four bodies were recovered from the wreckage Monday after the rush-hour crash. Five more were removed Tuesday.

Smith says two men and seven women were killed, including the operator of the train that barreled into a stopped train. All the victims were adults.

Mayor Adrian Fenty said at an earlier news conference that seven people had died and he hoped the death toll would not increase.

The accident was the worst in the 33-year history of the Metrorail system.

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  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    From what I have seen on the news it is a miracle that anyone got out of some of those cars alive. God bless the rescue workers, the injured, the families of those killed and all involved.
  • by Philly B Location: New Bern NC on Jun 22, 2009 at 07:43 PM
    I know from FIRST HAND EXPERINCE, That the DCFD and the surrounding areas drill Regularly for this type of Tragic Incident.....I the fate of those lives lost is horrific, but I Know ALL was done to rescue those who were alive and Was Done with the Greatest of Profeesionalism and Knowlege...... Philly B RESCUE 3 DCFD ( RET)
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Jun 22, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    what a tragic event. I have been on the metro many times at rush hour. It's terrible on a good day. Jammed packed, shoulder to shoulder hardly able to move. I cannot even imagine how horrible this must have been.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 22, 2009 at 04:20 PM
    Thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in this terrible accident. Prayers also for the rescue workers.

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