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Tuesday Morning Press Conference Notes

Here are notes from this morning's press conference on the Metro crash. The city has scheduled another update for 5 p.m. today, during which they hope to issue a final update on casualties. At that point, further communications are expected to come from the NTSB, which is leading the investigation.

-- Hersman: They hope to interview the surviving driver of the struck train today.

-- Hersman: Investigators expect to recover 9 data recorders from the struck train, but don't believe there were good data recorders on the striking train, which she said was "disturbing" in terms of the potential for the investigation to quickly determine the cause of the crash.

-- Deborah Hersman, NTSB: The struck train was a more modern model of than the striking train.

-- D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier: Hopes to have one northbound lane of New Hampshire Ave. open for evening commute.

-- Rubin: Crash area has been searched with dogs; the wooded areas on both sides of the train have also been checked in case someone had been thrown from the train or had walked away from it.

-- D.C. Fire and EMS Chief Dennis L. Rubin: Hopes to declare all-clear by midafternoon.

-- Fenty: Authorities are still using heavy equipment to search and dismantle trains.

-- Fenty: The two critical patients did not worsen overnight.

-- Fenty: A third patient who was critical has been upgraded.

-- Fenty: A final death toll will be released at 5 p.m.

-- Fenty: Still notifying next of kin; no names are being released now.

-- Mayor Fenty: the confirmed toll is seven dead. Two are still in hospitals in critical condition.

By Washington Post Editors  |  June 23, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
 | Tags: Metro accident, Metro crash, Red Line Metro collision  
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5:18 PM Yesterday - Disruption at Fort Totten. Trains are turning back at Brookland and Takoma due to a train experiencing mechanical difficulties outside of Fort Totten station. Shuttle Bus service has been requested.

5:13 Today - (ID 55716) Disruption at Fort Totten. Due to a situation outside Fort Totten station, customers traveling on or connecting to the Red Line are encouraged to add an additional hour to their travel time.

This kind of "information" is unhelpful. Let's be honest Metro. You failed in transporting us AND you failed in informing us of what happened, exacerbating the problem you created.

Instead of having the option to alter my commute, I was delayed an additional 2.5 hours because of your "spin". This was not mechanical difficulties, this was a catastrophic failure that closed the East side of the Red Line.

Solution: Fire John Catoe.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | June 23, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

I understand how difficult a situation like this must be for those at the scene, however I was disappointed with the news media. Those at home depended on the news channel to find out about loved ones, the media was so busy sensationalizing that it took me several hours to find out what time the accident occured they kept saying several hours ago (this was at 8:15) I could not reach my son that I thought was on the train, I could not find out the time the exact location, whether the train was north or southbound I just there in utter horror crying for those that knew where their loved ones where and praying for them to be okay and suffering inside wondering where mine was and just a little helpful new so that I could figure out was he safe maybe the train left before he was suppose to be on it, I finally found that he was just delayed in a station but the agony in the waiting for news. I beg the media to stop sensationalizing its bad enough on its own stick to the facts , tell the public what is going on instead of what could have, should have or has happened in the past, save that for later.
A very Blessed parent.

Posted by: clshassan1 | June 23, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

While I agree the spin was unhelpful and bordering on dishonest, I can't agree that Metro was responsible for your lengthy commute. Any thinking person would have made a decision to alter their commute independent of any information, or lack of, they received about metro after a reasonable amount of time showed that their current option was not working. I'd have waited no more than 20 minutes before changing gears. This kind of victimhood thinking is what is dragging the country sown as a whole. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for yourself and your choices. You made a poor choice in depending on Metro for info. Those of us who have lived here for some time learn quickly that the last place you can and should look for info is to WMATA. Silly...

Posted by: CyanSquirrel | June 23, 2009 12:01 PM | Report abuse

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