At least 6 dead following D.C. Metro collision

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A reporter for Washington’s Channel 7 TV is reporting that at least six people were killed Monday afternoon when a six-car Metro commuter train slammed into the rear of another train in Washington, D.C.

A Metro spokesperson said the death toll included the female operator of one of the trains.

The accident happened around 5 p.m. EDT between Fort Totten and Tacoma Park stations. According to an update posted on the Metro website, there are at least “100 injuries, many serious, according to preliminary reports.”

The trains were moving in the same direction when they ran into each other. During the collision, at least one subway car was hurled onto the top of the other train.

Hundreds of emergency workers rushed to the scene, helping extricate victims and searching the wreckage for hours after the accident.

Mayor Adrian Fenty called the crash the deadliest in the 33-year history of the city’s Metro train subway system.

Federal authorities had no indication of any terror connection.