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Investigator: D.C. Metro Crash 'a Scene of Real Devastation'

Society & Culture  (tags: NTSB, Metro board, train crash, transportation, safety, death, accident, investigation, inspection )

- 3283 days ago -
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- After touring the wreckage Tuesday of two Metro transit trains that crashed the day before, killing nine, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty said it was a sight that "no one should have to see."

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Dee C (23)
Tuesday June 23, 2009, 6:50 pm
" Officials said that all the wreckage has been cleared and that no other bodies have been found in what was the worst subway train accident in the history of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.

Three bodies discovered Tuesday were lodged behind the driver's compartment of the rear train, an official said at the scene.

The driver of that train, who was among the dead, was Jeanice McMillan, 42, of Springfield, Virginia, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said. McMillan had worked at Metro since January 2007.

McMillan's aunt, Venice Foster, said her niece loved her job and "was just a joy to be around."

Retired Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., former commanding general of the District of Columbia National Guard, and his wife, Ann, also were killed in the collision. Both were 62."

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Blue B (855)
Wednesday June 24, 2009, 8:22 pm
Crash Kills General Who Scrambled Jets on 9/11
Jun 2009 David F. Wherley Jr., the head of the Washington National
Guard who scrambled jets over the city during the 9/11 terrorist
attacks, was among those killed in the worst commuter train crash
in the city’s history, officials said. Wherley’s wife, Ann, was
also among the nine people killed when a train plowed into the
rear of a stopped train during rush hour on June 22, Quintin Peterson,
a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, said in a
telephone interview. Wherley was commander of the 113th Fighter
Wing at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland during the September
2001 terrorist attacks and sent up aircraft with orders to protect
the White House and the Capitol, according to the 9/11 Commission

Winefred M (88)
Friday June 26, 2009, 10:25 am
Sadly noted.

Blue B (855)
Saturday June 27, 2009, 8:04 am
Did the Bu$h admini$tration fix any of our bridges, tunnels, highways, transit sysems, schools, etc.? Did they build any new infrastructure at all? Or wuzzit all taking place in Iraq on the American taxpayers' dollar?

US public transit aging, 'neglected'
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