Some Injured Sent to Washington Hospital Center; Howard Hospital on Standby
At Washington Hospital Center in Northwest D.C. , employees went to "Code Orange" as they prepared for those injured in today's Metro crash to arrive; non-serious patients and others were asked to clear the waiting room.
"Who is triaging?" called one nurse. Another employee compared the scene to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Ambulances started arriving after 6:30 p.m.; Park Police helicopters also delivered patients -- many around the same time as the hospital's night shift workers were arriving for duty. Some hospital workers set braces on the necks of the injured; others put colored tags -- yellow, orange, green magenta and black -- on their wrists that indicated the seriousness of their conditions.
Staff waited by the doors for more patients. "It won't be long now," one said. Around 7 p.m., some of the hospital's doctors left for the crash scene.
The hospital received seven patients from the train collision, a hospital spokeswoman said in a statement released at 7:20 p.m. Monday. Their injuries ranged from serious to minor.
ABC-7 also reported that some injured, including trauma patients, were taken to George Washington University Hospital.
At least three crash victims were sent to Howard University Hospital, according to hospital spokesman Ron Harris.
The Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service assisted by bringing in its "mass casualty task force," consisting of a medical ambulance bus, rescue squad and more than a half dozen other vehicles, said Capt. Oscar Garcia, a fire and rescue service spokesman.
Washington Post Editors
June 22, 2009; 8:00 PM ET
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