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Metro Trains Collide In Northern Virginia

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By David Schultz

Unlike the June 22nd Metro train crash on the red line, there were no fatalities in this collision, which took place early Sunday morning at the Falls Church rail yard. The front of a six-car train struck the back of a parked train. The parked train was being cleaned by two Metro workers at the time.

The two workers were taken to a nearby hospital, along with the driver of the first train. Metro spokesperson Lisa Farbstein says none of the three Metro workers involved sustained serious, life-threatening injuries.

"There were no customers on board the train because, of course, it was in a rail yard," says Farbstein. "None of the trains were in service."

Farbstein says Metro is unsure why this collision occurred. It comes a few months after the deadly June 22nd crash near the Fort Totten Station, which killed nine people and injured scores more.

Metro says they notified federal and local regulatory agencies of Sunday's collision and they are conducting an investigation.

The driver of the first train has been working for Metro since May of 2007, and he's been operating trains for the last year. The crash occurred at the end of his shift.


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