Train Collision Deja-Vu (different decade, same tragedy)

Two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC.
Two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo Copyright Robert Giroux / GETTY IMAGES)

They say covering Washington, DC, becomes repetitive, even as some of the faces slowly change over time, the pictures and situations created for the news media tend to repeat over and over.  So deja-vu is a common experience but this time it was a little different.  Last night I was assigned to cover the Metro train collision for Getty Images and remembered that way back in 1996 I had covered a train collision between a MARC commuter train and an AMTRAK train for Knight-Ridder (now McClatchy Info Services) which killed 11 people.

16 February 1996, MARC and Amtrak Collide in Silver Spring, MD near DC
16 February 1996, MARC and Amtrak Collide in Silver Spring, MD near DC (Photo Copyright Robert Giroux)

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The two crashes are situated about 3 miles apart – the 1996 occurrence being a bit farther north along the same line.  The pictures obviously bear some similarity and I thought it might interesting to compare.

Here are a couple more pictures from last nights tragedy.

Two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo Copyright Robert Giroux / GETTY IMAGES)
Two Red Line Metrorail trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations during the evening rush hour June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo Copyright Robert Giroux / GETTY IMAGES)

 

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