Six Dead, 70 Injured in DC Subway Crash

By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 22, 2009 6:46 PM CDT
This image from CNN shows firefighters at the scene of a collision between two Metro transit trains in northeast Washington near the Washington-Maryland border on the Metro system's red line.    (CNN)
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(Newser) – At least six are dead and 70 others injured after two subway trains collided during rush hour this evening in Washington DC, the AP reports. The incident is “developing into a mass casualty event,” a Metro spokesman told WJLA-TV. “We’re expecting a number of injuries.” A train on the Red Line, the system’s busiest, plowed into another train stopped at a station, Metro's general manager said at a press conference.

The scene is “terrible,” a spokeswoman tells WTOP-AM, adding that firefighters were working to free dozens of passengers trapped inside. “One rail car is about a third of the way on top of another rail car.”
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