Two Washington DC Metro subway trains have collided after one train derailed and hit an oncoming train between the Takoma Park and Fort Totten stations.
“At 4.59 p.m. (local time) a Red Line train derailed [..] between the Takoma Park and Fort Totten stations and was involved in the collision with another train, according to preliminary early reports,” a spokesman said. People are being urged to avoid the area.
The spokesman for Metro confirmed at least two people had died, including the female train operator. Rescue workers at the scene reported that up to 70 people were injured, but those numbers were not immediately confirmed by officials. NBC Washington put the number of injured at more than 100. The spokesman for Metro said there were “many” serious injuries. Media outlets reported that, as of 7 p.m., all people had been removed from the trains.
Authorities are holding a press conference at 7:15pm local time to inform the press and those affected of more details about the crash.
UPDATE: Police are confirming that at least 6 are dead and 70+ have been hurt in the DC Metro train crash