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Trains are not only large and move at excessive speeds, but they require significantly more time and distance to come to a complete stop than other forms of transportation. While many Washington train operators do their part to observe the regulations and protocols designed to keep them and other people safe, accidents can occasionally happen. 

For some families in Washington D.C., June 22, 2009, will forever be etched in their memories. For them, that was the fateful day that a Metro train traveling at 55 miles per hour, slammed into a stopped train. The result killed 9 people and injured scores of others. As the families reflect on the memories of their loved ones who lost their lives that evening, a stark reminder demonstrates just how critical train safety is. 

Investigations into the accident revealed that the Metro’s Automatic Train Control system was harboring a faulty circuit that prevented the traveling train’s operator from seeing the parked train at all until it was too late. Efforts have since been made to better maintain the system that plays a critical role in helping operators to safely drive the trains they have been assigned to. Additionally, the Metro system was criticized for a general lack of care in terms of promoting a safety culture. This too is something they have since tried to amend. 

If people have been injured in a train crash because of the oversight or carelessness of others, they may wish to contact an attorney for help. A qualified legal professional can help direct victims through the process of filing a legal claim in their efforts to be compensated for the trauma they have endured.  

Source: The Washington Post, “Victims remembered on 10th anniversary of Metro’s deadliest crash,” Luz Lazo, Jun. 22, 2019