9 confirmed deaths in DC Metro crash

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - Metro transit officials in Washington, D.C. are confirming an earlier report that nine people were killed in a train collision.

Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith says four bodies were recovered from the wreckage Monday after the crash. Five more were removed Tuesday.

Smith says two men and seven women were killed, all the victims were adults.

The accident happened during Monday's rush hour on the Red Line of the Metro system.  It is said to be the worst crash in the 33-year history of the subway system in the nation's capital.

Officials say 42-year-old Jeanice McMillan of Springfield, Virginia was killed in the crash.  She was the Metro train operator who was driving the cars that barreled into a stopped train.

McMillan began working for the Metro in January 2007 and is being remembered as an employee who was proud of her job.

Neighbors say McMillan was a meticulous mother who ironed her Metro uniform every night, and said she would have done anything in her power to stop the train if she could have.

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