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      Six killed, dozens injured in transit train collision

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " Washington D.C.'s mayor says at least six people have been killed in the collision of two transit trains.

      Officials say one transit train was waiting for another to clear a station, when it was struck from the rear by a third train.

      The accident happened at about 5 p.m. in northeast Washington D.C. near the border with its Maryland suburbs. About 70 people were treated at the scene. Most were described as "walking wounded." But more than a dozen had to be taken to hospitals.

      A fire department spokesman says crews had to cut apart some of the wreckage to get people out. Rescue workers also propped ladders against cars that jackknifed into the air and landed atop the first train. The six dead include the operator of the trailing train.

      The collision happened on the system's red line, which is at ground level near the Maryland border. Officials have no explanation for what happened.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " One Metro transit train smashed into the rear of another at the height of Washington's Monday evening rush hour, killing at least four people and injuring scores of others as cars of the trailing train jackknifed into the air and fell atop the first.

      District of Columbia fire spokesman Alan Etter said crews were cutting apart the trains to get people out in what he described as a "mass casualty event." Rescue workers propped steel ladders up to the upper train cars to help survivors escape. Seats from the smashed cars had spilled out onto the track.

      D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty said four were dead and many more hurt. Fire Chief Dennis Rubin said rescue workers had treated 70 people at the scene and sent some of them to local hospitals, two with life-threatening injuries. A Metro official the dead included the female operator of the trailing train. Her name was not immediately released.

      The crash around 5 p.m. EDT took place on the system's red line, Metro's busiest, which runs below ground for much of its length but is at ground level at the site near the Maryland border.

      Metro chief John Cato said the first train was stopped on the tracks, waiting for another to clear the station ahead, when the trailing train plowed into it from behind. Officials had no explanation for the accident.

      Passenger Jodie Wickett, a nurse, told CNN she was seated on one train, sending text messages on her phone, when she felt the impact. She said she texted someone that it felt like the train had hit a bump.

      "From that point on, it happened so fast, I flew out of the seat and hit my head." Wickett said she stayed at the scene and tried to help. She said "people are just in very bad shape."

      "The people that were hurt, the ones that could speak, were calling back as we called out to them," she said. "Lots of people were upset and crying, but there were no screams."

      One man said he was riding a bicycle across a bridge over the Metro tracks when the sound of the collision got his attention.

      "I didn't see any panic," Barry Student said. "The whole situation was so surreal."

      Homeland Security Department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said less than two hours after the crash that federal authorities had no indication of any terrorism connection.

      Metro general manager John Catoe said at least 60 people had been taken off the trains.

      "I don't know the reason for this accident," he said. "I would still say the system is safe, but we've had an incident."

      The only other time in Metrorail's 33-year history that there were customer fatalities was in January 1982, when three people died as a result of a derailment between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian Metro stations underneath downtown.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " Two Metro transit trains collided at the height of the Monday evening rush hour, killing at least two people and severely injuring others as cars of one train jackknifed into the air and fell atop the other.

      District of Columbia fire spokesman Alan Etter said crews were cutting apart the trains to get people out in what he described as a "mass casualty event." Rescue workers propped steel ladders up to the upper train cars to help survivors escape. Seats from the smashed cars had spilled out onto the track.

      The crash took place on the system's red line, Metro's busiest, which runs below ground for much of its length but is above ground at the site near the Maryland border.

      Both trains were on the same track, but officials said it was too early to determine what caused the crash.

      Passenger Jodie Wickett, a nurse, told CNN she was seated on one train, sending text messages on her phone, when she felt the impact. She said she texted someone that it felt like the train had hit a bump.

      "From that point on, it happened so fast, I flew out of the seat and hit my head." Wickett said she stayed at the scene and tried to help. She said "people are just in very bad shape."

      "The people that were hurt, the ones that could speak, were calling back as we called out to them," she said. "Lots of people were upset and crying, but there were no screams."

      One man said he was riding a bicycle across a bridge over the Metro tracks when the sound of the collision got his attention.

      "I didn't see any panic," Barry Student said. "The whole situation was so surreal."

      The collision occurred about 5 p.m. EDT " the height of the city's rush hour " inside the District of Columbia but near the city's border with Maryland.

      Homeland Security Department spokeswoman Amy Kudwa said less than two hours after the crash that federal authorities had no indication of any terrorism connection.

      Metro general manager John Catoe said at least 60 people had been taken off the trains.

      "I don't know the reason for this accident," he said. "I would still say the system is safe, but we've had an incident."

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " There's been a fatal collision of two commuter transit trains in the nation's capital.

      An official tells CNN that two people are dead.

      A fire spokesman says other passengers have been severely injured. The spokesman says crews have been cutting apart the trains to get people out.

      The collision happened on the Washington area Metro rail system, near the district's border with its Maryland suburbs.

      It happened near the start of the busy evening rush hour commute. Video from local TV coverage shows two train cars perched atop a train car still sitting upright.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " Authorities say a six-car train has collided with another train near the Washington and Maryland border, killing at least one person. Washington fire spokesman Alan Etter says at least one person was killed, and this is developing into a "mass casualty event."

      He said crews are cutting apart the trains to get people out. He says there are severe injuries, but no indication how many.

      Spokeswoman Taryn McNeil says the collision happened about 5 p.m. between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on Metro's red line.

      Monday's derailment comes more than two years after a subway train derailed near downtown Washington, sending 20 people to the hospital and prompting the rescue of 60 people from a tunnel.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " DC fire department says at least 1 person killed in train collision near Md.-Washington, D.C. border.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " Metro officials say a six-car train has collided with another train and derailed near the Washington, D.C., and Maryland border.

      Spokeswoman Taryn McNeil says the collision happened about 5 p.m. Monday between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations on Metro's red line.

      Officials did not immediately release information on injuries.

      Emergency officials are on the scene.

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      WASHINGTON (AP) " Metro officials say 6-car commuter train collides with another train, derails near Washington.

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