Investigators are trying to determine why a Washington commuter train rear-ended another train stopped on the tracks Monday, sending one train on top of the other, killing seven people and injuring at least 70.
On Tuesday, District of Columbia officials lowered the number of fatalities in Monday’s fatal accident from nine to seven. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said during a Tuesday morning press conference that officials are “going to let the investigation run its course” and added that hopefully the number will not exceed seven by the end of the day.
Fenty has called the crash the deadliest accident in the history of the Washington transit system, which connects the city with its suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.
Yesterday was my day to take Parker to summer day camp and then work at home. So, I was on the train in the morning, but not in the evening. So, I had no idea about what had happened until the hubby called me from work yesterday evening to tell me what happened. Still, I waited until the kids went to bed before I looked at the news.
I’m glad I did. Parker would almost certain have seen some of it and would have been very worried, because I take the train every day.
Normally, I’m not at that end of the red line, but at the opposite end. Though I occasionally go that way. We’re pretty much equidistant from both ends of the red line. So, though I normally go the Shady Grove route, I do go that route sometimes, and I’ve been on that line at that time of day.
I don’t know what else to say, except that my thoughts are with those who lost loved-ones and those who were injured.