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Metro union sets vigil for crash victims

The union representing Metro workers will hold a candelight vigil to honor fallen members next Tuesday, June 22, the one-year anniversary of the Red Line crash.

The memorial, to be held at the union's headquarters in Forestville, will follow a 10 a.m. ceremony at Fort Totten Park that Metro is holding to honor the victims of the crash, which killed nine people and injured 80 in the rail system's deadliest accident.

In a statement, Jackie Jeter, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689, said the union "approaches this somber anniversary ever mindful of the ultimate sacrifice union members made to protect the safety of riders and workers."

The operator of the train that struck another train idling north of the Fort Totten station in Northeast Washington was killed in the accident. Since then, four other workers have been killed on the tracks in other incidents.

"In a year that claimed multiple lives, our hearts are still heavy because safety issues persist" in the system, Jeter said. The local represents most Metro workers.
The union vigil is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. at ATU local headquarters, 2701 Whitney Place, Forestville.

The Metro ceremony is being held adjacent to Fort Totten Station. The agency is asking people throughout the region to observe a moment of silence at 10:30 a.m. to remember victims of the crash.

"The greatest honor that Metro can offer to those who we can never bring back is to do all that we can to prevent another tragedy," said Metro General Manager Richard Sarles.

-- Lisa Rein

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By Michael Bolden  | June 15, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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