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Two rush-hour subway trains have collided in Washington DC, killing at least one person, according to reports.


Washington transport authorities said "massive injuries" had been reported.


"Metro reports that two trains collided and one train is on top of the other train. Metro reports massive injuries at this time," it said in a statement.


ABC reported the crash happened above ground in the Takoma Park area of the city at 1700 local time (2200 BST). Emergency crews are on the scene.


Washington fire spokesman Alan Etter told the Associated Press news agency at least one person had been killed and the crash was developing into a "mass casualty event".


He said crews were cutting apart the trains to get people out. He said there were severe injuries, but no indication of how many.





So far they are reporting one fatality, and before Mowen asks, No I don't have any special interest in trains.


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5 according to Sky, guess the toll will rise.


You'd think this kind of accident wouldn't happen in today's modern world, head on collision, i was laughing at McIntryre the other night panicking when one goes passed another thinking and? when was the last time it collided.



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At least nine people have been killed and 70 injured in a subway train collision in Washington DC.


Carriages of one train came to rest on top of the other after the collision near a station, officials said.


The female driver of the moving train - which crashed into the back of a stationary train - was among the dead.


The crash - the worst in the 33 years of the Metro system - happened above ground between Fort Totten and Takoma Park at 1700 local time (2200 BST).


Passenger Jodie Wickett told CNN she had been sitting on one of the six-car trains, sending text messages on her phone, when she felt the impact.


She said: "From that point on, it happened so fast, I flew out of the seat and hit my head."




Washington mayor Adrian Fenty has visited the scene of the crash

Ms Wickett said she stayed at the scene and tried to help.


She added: "People are just in very bad shape. The people that were hurt, the ones that could speak, were calling back as we called out to them.


"Lots of people were upset and crying, but there were no screams."


President Barack Obama said in a statement: "Michelle and I were saddened by the terrible accident in north-east Washington DC. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends affected by this tragedy.


"I want to thank the brave first responders who arrived immediately to save lives."


Washington fire chief Dennis Rubin said approximately 200 firefighters were at the scene of the accident.


He said 76 people were treated at the scene and six of those were sent to hospital with critical injuries.


'Deadliest accident'


He said the majority were walking wounded.


The dead driver was named as Jeanice McMillan, 42, by the Associated Press (AP) and the Washington Post.


Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty described it as "the deadliest accident in the history of our Metro train transit system".


He added: "We have to at this time continue to act and behave as a rescue scene."


BBC correspondent Richard Lister said it was possible people were still trapped in the lower of the two train carriages.


He said Mr Rubin had reported that parts of that carriage were 70 to 80% compressed.



  I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere


Passenger Abra Jeffers

The general manager of the Washington subway, John Catoe, said the crash had happened as one train waited for another to clear a station ahead.


He said: "The next train came up behind [the waiting train] and, for reasons we do not know, ploughed into the back.


"We are committed to investigate this accident until we determine why this happened and what must be done to ensure it never happens again."


Both trains involved in the collision were heading in the direction of Washington rather than to the city's outlying areas.


This meant the trains were likely to have had fewer people on them, AP quoted Debbie Hersman of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).


Busy commuter line


"I was on the train that got hit. I thought it was an explosion," passenger Abra Jeffers, 25, told the AFP news agency. "I thought it was like the train bombings in London. There was smoke and dust everywhere."


Passenger Theroza Doshi told the Reuters news agency: "It just happened. There was no slowing down of the train, just a jerk."


Our correspondent added the accident had happened at the peak of rush hour, on what is a popular and busy commuter line.


The accident is the Metro network's first crash with a passenger fatality since 1982 when three people were killed in a derailment.


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