More Updates, Reaction From Today's Commute
At Union Station about 9 a.m., Anika Roth, 24, an AmeriCorps volunteer at the Capital Area Food Bank, told staff writer Rick Rojas that she and her housemates received calls last night from around the world from friends and relatives asking about their welfare. "I kind of dreaded going to work today because I worried about something happening to one of my co-workers," she said.
Staff writer Catherine Cheney interviewed commuters from 6:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at various crowded bus stops in Silver Spring, seeking to get downtown:
Megan Naff, 21, waited for a bus that would take her to Federal Center Southwest. The University of Maine student is working as a government intern and, looking like a D.C. native in her business skirt and tennis shoes, she pointed an older woman, who was lost, toward the MetroBus heading to Fort Totten. "It's very confusing," she said of the many buses leaving from the Silver Spring station, "But I know they're doing everything they can. I mean, it's a bad situation all around."
Naff, who hoped to arrive at work by 9 a.m., said, "All things considered, I'm surprised it's not worse." She said it was like a "refugee camp" yesterday, outside of the Brentwood station just after the crash, with "so many people with no idea where to go." At the time of the crash, the train Naff was on had just passed the Brentwood station, then had to return to the station.
Valerie Veney, a resident of Silver Spring, waited for a bus outside the Silver Spring Station to L'Enfant Plaza. She works for the Federal Aviation Administration and normally takes the Red Line route past the yesterday's crash scene. But yesterday she was off work. She said that immediately after she heard of the crash, she called her father, who works for the Pentagon and normally takes the Green Line. She also said she is "grateful" for calls from friends and family concerned for her safety. "Things happen, unfortunately," she said, as she boarded the bus in her khaki business suit and running shoes, expecting to return to her Metrorail routine soon.
Graham Salinger, 20, is a sophomore at American University and a summer intern for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Salinger lives in Silver Spring and works in College Park, and his everyday commute includes riding the Red Line and Green Line and transferring at the Fort Totten station. Yesterday, he barely missed the train that ended up crashing. "My Metro card was out of money, and then my credit card wasn't working, so I missed the train." After pushing through the crowded sliding doors at Fort Totten, Salinger said he continued to hear of delays until a Metro employee told confused crowds riding the escalator into the station that they needed to head back up the escalator because there was a crash. He said he will likely ride Metrorail again but will avoid front and rear cars.
Jennifer Carr, 30, works for the government and continued to check her BlackBerry as she waited for a bus to L'Enfant. "I'm supposed to be there at 7," she said. "Hopefully everyone will understand." Carr said she and a co-worker barely missed the train that crashed, and she did not know what was causing the delays until her husband texted her about the accident.
Kevin Remondini, 27, is a resident of Silver Spring who works for the Government Accountability Office on G Street. He normally takes the Red Line to the Judiciary Square stop. "Obviously, with this incident, I have to take the bus," he said. Remondini says he generally starts work at 7:30 or 7:45, but he did not expect to make it to work on time this morning. "It's out of my hands," he said.
Remondini will not let the crash change his commute habits. "This is, what, only the third time since the Metro has been in service that something like this has happened? Think of how many car accidents happen everyday. That's the way I think about it."
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