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Nation in brief: D.C. transit deaths worsen its record

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 27, 2010

Washington – Two veteran workers on the Washington area’s transit system were crushed by a maintenance truck Tuesday, the latest in a string of fatalities that has made Metro the most deadly for U.S. transit rail workers in the past five years.

Eight of the 13 rail transit workers killed in and around tracks since 2005 occurred in the Washington-area system, according to the Federal Transit Administration.

Those numbers don’t include a June collision that killed a train driver and eight passengers – the worst accident in Metro’s 33-year history.

Body of missing concertgoer found

Charlottesville, Va. – The remains of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared in October after attending a Metallica concert were discovered Tuesday in a remote farm field about 10 miles from the venue, authorities said.

Virginia State Police Superintendent Steve Flaherty said authorities are confident they’ve found the remains of 20-year-old Morgan Harrington, but an autopsy was being conducted to confirm the identification. The Roanoke County woman was last seen on Oct. 17 while attending the concert in Charlottesville.


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