Red Line crash: Four year anniversary of deadly crash
It was rush hour on June 22, 2009. Two Red Line metro trains collided near the Fort Totten stop. Nine people died and 80 were injured in the deadliest crash in Metro's history.
It’s a memory that still haunts the friends and family members of those who were killed, but each year they come together for candlelight vigils to try and ease the pain of their losses.
Lavonda “Nikki” King was just 23 years old. She was a hairstylist on the way to pick up her two little boys from day care when the trains crashed.
Veronica Dubose, 29, was headed to medical technology school. Her mother is now raising her two children.
The anniversary vigils have become a way to seek closure, but closure isn’t easy for Clare Wherley. Her brother, Major General David Wherley, and his wife Ann, were headed home after volunteer training at Walter Reed to help wounded soldiers.
Clare is frustrated that Metro still hasn’t completed the safety recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board. So far, it has only fulfilled 24 of the 34 recommendations.
The remaining recommendations include replacing the oldest rail cars in the system, the 1000-series cars. Metro is expected to start replacing those early next year.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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