Jamie Jiao was on a Metro train simply trying to go from point A to point B in the Washington, DC area, just like so many other people on a daily basis. Unfortunately, June 22nd deviated from daily routine and took a devastating turn into tragedy and loss.
Two DC Metro trains collided into each other and, so far, 9 people are dead with many more injured.
"I see the train in front a split second before we crashed. That’s all. You don’t have time to react or do anything," said Jiao to Jeanne Meserve of CNN. "You just hear really loud noises, as if there was an explosion. I could see things falling apart, tearing apart." Fortunately, Jiao was able to escape with minor injuries.
Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty described the scene of the accident as something “no one should have to see,” according to CNN.
This video describes the scene of the horrible accident and has interviews with survivors…
The trains involved in the accident were traveling on the red line near the Washington, D.C. and Maryland border. Metro trains normally go at higher speeds in this area since there is a longer distance between stops. Trains usually go 55 to 59 miles per hour. However, the speed at which the trains involved in the June 22nd accident have not been officially determined, according to the Associated Press.
What caused this accident to happen? We’ve written about potential causes of the DC metro crash but no official explanation has been brought to light at this time. Clearly, a full investigation is necessary to determine what exactly happened and to ensure a tragedy like this can be prevented in the future.
Some of the names of those killed in the DC Metro crash, according to wtop.com, include Mary Doolittle of Northwest D.C.; Ana Fernandez of Hyattsville; Dennis Hawkins of Southeast D.C.; Lavanda King of Northeast D.C. and 42-year-old Jeanice McMillan of Springfield, Virginia (VA)., the operator of one of the Metro trains involved in the accident.
I want to send my deepest condolences to the friends and family of these individuals and others who lost their lives in this horrendous accident.
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