It has been a week for tragedies. Monday saw the big crash on the Metro. Nine people died and over 70 were injured when a Red Line train crashed into the back of another outside Takoma Park station in Maryland. Apparently an emergency sensor failed and a speeding train didn’t realize the one in front of it had stopped short of the station. This was the worst crash in Metro history, and would have been even worse had the train been outbound during rush hour rather than inbound.
The Red Line was my line when I commuted from Silver Spring to work downtown 2001–03. I know that station well. I was on the Orange Line outbound when the crash happened (just after 5pm Monday), so I didn’t experience any service disruption. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to have been on the Red Line at the time of the crash, or deal with the hours-long wait to get home afterward.