June 23, 2009 in Nation/World

DC Metro confirms earlier reports of 9 dead

Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON — Metro transit officials are confirming an earlier report that nine people were killed in a train collision.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith says four bodies were recovered from the wreckage Monday after the rush-hour crash. Five more were removed Tuesday.

Smith says two men and seven women were killed, including the operator of the train that barreled into a stopped train. All the victims were adults.

Mayor Adrian Fenty said at an earlier news conference that seven people had died and he hoped the death toll would not increase.

The accident was the worst in the 33-year history of the Metrorail system.


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