DC Metro Red Line Train Crash: 9 Dead, 76 Hospitalized
11:30 am PST, June 24 — The names of all 9 people killed in the Metro crash are identified.
3:00pm PST, June 23 — the death toll has again been adjusted to 9.
8:30am PST, June 23 — the death toll in the DC Metro crash has been revised down, to 7 from 9. Reports are surfacing that the train involved in the crash was recommended for phase out.
Reports now indicate that more than 76 people were hospitalized with injuries from the crash, with 9 people killed.
Earlier Monday, officials indicated that the scene could yield further casualties and "massive injuries". WJLA-TV reported reported that three people had been trapped inside the trains, however, according to DC EMA, "all passengers have [now] been removed from the trains".
The trains collided at approximately 5:00pm local time at the height of afternoon rush hour.
The incident happened at 5.05 p.m. local time when one train crashed into a second train which stood still on the same track. The second train is believed to have stood still for about 10 minutes prior to the accident. Both trains had 6 cars and were headed toward Shady Grove Metrorail station.
According to CNN reports, 76 people were treated for injuries, including two emergency responders.
Seventy-six people were treated for injuries, including two with life-threatening injuries, said Chief Dennis Rubin of Washington's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department. Two of the injured were emergency responders, Rubin said.
D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Alan Etter stated that "one train was on top of the other train" and the incident could "develop into a mass casualty event".
Approximately 200 D.C. firefighters were deployed to extricate people from the scene of the crash. An additional 400 firefighting personnel were called in to assist.
Fox News has live video on the scene: Live Video of DC Metro Crash
WMATADC Police requesting people DO NOT travel to the incident site. To find out about travelers call DC Police at 202-727-9099
General Manager of the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority John Catoe is on the scene with Metro transit police.
WMATA has advised passengers to avoid the Red Line until further notice and to begin planning alternate routes for Tuesday morning's rush hour.
WMATA also stated on their Twitter account: "We are extremely saddened that there are fatalities as a result of this accident, which has touched our Metro family."
Washington D.C. authorities held a brief news conference about the train crash at 7.15 p.m. local time on Monday evening.
DC Mayor Adrian Fenty offered his condolences to those affected by the crash.
Fire chief Dennis Rubin asked the public to stay away from the scene while the crash is being investigated.
A six-car Red Line train headed in the direction of Shady Grove derailed between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metrorail stations today and was involved in a collision with another train at 5 p.m. today, Monday, June 22.
Metro officials advise that people avoid the Red Line this afternoon. Trains are operating between Glenmont and Takoma Metrorail stations and between Shady Grove and Brookland stations and stations for the remainder of the day.
There are preliminary reports of injuries on board, some serious. Emergency officials are responding to the scene.
NowPublic will be updating this story as more information becomes available.
Metro officials confirm two Metro trains on the Red Line have collided head-on. The accident happened between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations.
A Metro spokesperson told FOX 5 riders should avoid the Red Line as delays are expected all night. There are indications that trains were already single-tracking in the area when the crash occurred.
D.C. Fire and EMS called for a mass casualty response to the scene, and sources tell FOX 5 there have been some injuries reported, but no specifics were given immediately.
A Metro spokesperson said power had been cut to both trains as a precaution.
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