Washington subway warned to upgrade before tragic crash that killed 9

June 23, 2009

Washington D.C (ChattahBox) – Officials have now released details into the fatal crash between two subway cars this week, where they said that the local transit authority had been advised to upgrade their trains.  The subway train that plowed into another stopped train, was part of an aging fleet that federal officials had sought to phase out because of safety concerns, an investigator said Tuesday.
“We recommended to WMATA to either retrofit those cars or phase them out of the fleet. They have not been able to do that and our recommendation was not addressed,” Debbie Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board told Reuters.

It isn’t clear whether or not the upgrades would have stopped the collision, which occurred when one train slammed into the back of another that was waiting to take off and make it’s way to the next stop. No one knows why the operator of the second train didn’t stop the car when she saw the way blocked.  Metro was designed with a fail-safe computerized signal system that is supposed to prevent trains from colliding. If they get too close, the computers automatically apply the brakes, stopping the trains.

As of now 9 people were killed in the collision, and 75 more were injured including two in critical condition. Another passenger who was flown to the hospital via helicopter is now in stable condition after spending a night in intensive care.


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