Monday, June 22, 2009

Washington DC TV stations glued to tragic Metro collision today on Red Line

All Washington DC television stations are covering a horrific Metro accident this evening on the Red Line between Fort Totten and Takoma stations, within the District of Columbia. The train that jackknifed was an inbound train, heading in the direction of Union Station from Silver Spring.

A typical report is on MSNBC here.

There appears to have been a real end collision. More details will continue to be available from media outlets. At the present time, it appears to be the result of “human error,” but the FBI is on the scene, according to video reports.

There had been a horrific commuter rail crash in California last year because operators were using cell phones at the time.

Station WJLA preempted the ABC World News Tonight with local reporting by WJLA. The station reports that the Brunswick commuter line, which runs parallel in the area but that is serviced by diesel locomotives, has suspended service.

I used this line just last week about this time of day to attend AFI Silverdocs in Silver Spring, MD.

I lived in New York City 1974-1978 and do not recall an accident of this magnitude on the subway when I was there.

Update: July 24

WMATA, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, offers the following YouTube video explaining how the automatic train control system works now.

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