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Metro System to Provide Financial Assistance

Metro's Board of Directors voted today to provide immediate hardship financial assistance to the survivors and families of those whose loved ones died yesterday in the crash of two Red Line trains between the Fort Totten and Takoma Metrorail stations.

The Board authorized Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. to establish an emergency hardship relief fund of $250,000 from a reserve fund to provide financial relief for victims of the crash to assist them with their medical, funeral and other immediate expenses.

As of Tuesday afternoon, nine people were confirmed to have died in the accident.

-- Lena H. Sun

By Washington Post staff  |  June 23, 2009; 5:20 PM ET
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$250,000 for assistance with medical expenses for all those dozens of injured people? Hahahaha! That might cover the first day in the hospital for one seriously injured person. I hope they had good health insurance...

Posted by: Marta123 | June 23, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone know if there is a fund or mechanism to provide additional support to those involved in the crash? I'm a member of a local non-profit, and would like to be able to channel some fund raising efforts to this cause.

Posted by: daveband1 | June 23, 2009 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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