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.
Washington Post Editors
June 23, 2009; 8:25 AM ET
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