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Riding the Metro Subway after the Tragedy

Updated on January 3, 2016
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


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    • dyesebel10 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from USA

      It can happen anywhere. Thanks Jill.

    • jill of alltrades profile image

      jill of alltrades 

      9 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.


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