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A Mother's Cries Answered

Scene from the corner of Oglethorpe St. NW and Blair Road NW at 7:15 p.m.:

Sharon Hodge was standing behind police lines as an ambulance drove by. She was screaming "Corey, Corey, can you hear me? You in there? Mama's here." Her cell phone rang shortly thereafter. It was Corey. They were told he was being taken to Washington Adventist.

Corey, 26, was on the train with his aunt. They were in the last car, said a relative. They believe he was merely shaken but was being taken to a hospital as a precaution.

Maya Maroto, 31, of Burtonsville, said a friend was riding in the third car of the top train. She said there was just a "bam."

"Not like there was a skid or anything," said Maroto. "All the power went out in the train and there was smoke. There was an older woman who appeared to be injured and they tried to calm her. It was quiet and there was no one there to tell us what to do."

Passengers pried open the doors, they remembered, seeing a man lying on the tracks. They estimated a wait of at least 15 minutes before help arrived; they wondered what to do. Eventually a firefighter came and told them to go to the last car of the train.

There were more people gathered in the last car, includng a girl who had lost a substantial amount of skin from a foot. A man with her was calling for a doctor or a nurse; a nurse came forward to help.

-- Roz Helderman

By Washington Post staff  |  June 22, 2009; 7:37 PM ET
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