Riding the Metro Subway after the Tragedy

Washington DC Metro Subway Crash, June 23, 2009
Washington DC Metro Subway Crash, June 23, 2009

As reported in many headline news, two subway trains have collided in Washington metro, killing 9 people and injuring 80. One train rammed into the back of the other on Washington DC Metro's Red line, crushing partially the rear carriage and trapping many of the passengers inside. The accident happened in June 23, 2009, Monday, during the evening rush hour, between Takoma and Fort Totten rail stations. It is the worst tragedy since the subway system opened more than 30 years ago. The female driver of one of the trains was among the dead. Federal investigators found anomalies in a key component of the electronic control system along the Metro track north of Fort Totten. It was confirmed by a senior Metro official that the computer system appeared to have faltered.

I was shocked when I read the news on the internet. I take metro subway everyday in going to work but on that day I was working from home. Besides, I take Green and Yellow lines, not Red. My co-worker takes Red line but she wasn't on any of that train that crashed. She said it took her 3 hours to get home after the tragedy happened. I feel sorry for the victims and their loved ones.

On the next day, I decided not to sit in the front car of the train where I usually sit in the morning. I noticed that I wasn't the only one avoiding the front and rear ends of the train. The fatal accident must have been on the mind of every subway commuter. One has to be brave or forgetful? It's not that easy to forget the Monday's tragedy which was all over the news for several days.

Still there are a few people enjoying the first and last car of the train. They feel that rush hour is over. It was said that now is the safest time to ride Metro since the Metro operations control will be extra careful. Others believe that when it's your time to go, it's your time to go.

Washington DC Metro Subway Map from WMATA
Washington DC Metro Subway Map from WMATA

More by this Author

  • Vacation and Observations about Philippines

    How are you my beloved Philippines? It’s been a long time I haven’t touched base with you. The last time I knew, you were Pearl of the Orient and the envy of our neighbor countries. You had the largest...

  • Beautiful Places to Visit in the Philippines

    Boracay is an island located south of Manila. In 1990, it was voted by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world. In 1996, it was voted by British publication TV Quick as the world's number...

  • Filipino Food in English Terms

    Filipino food fiesta.. hmmm delicious! Here are some Filipino or Tagalog words used in Food Recipes and their corresponding English translation, definition, or meaning: achuete - annatto; red seeds used to...

Comments 2 comments

jill of alltrades profile image

jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

This is a great tragedy indeed. I was really shocked when I read about this. I asked myself then, if this can happen to a well-developed country like the USA, what can happen in less developed countries?

However, life must go on.

We can only pray for those who died during the accident.

dyesebel10 profile image

dyesebel10 7 years ago from USA Author

It can happen anywhere. Thanks Jill.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article