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Various news outlets report that at least 9 people have died and up to 70 were injured when a Washington DC Metro train crashed into the rear of another train during the peak of rush hour traffic. Last night’s crash occurred between the Takoma and Fort Totten stations.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the crash. In fact, the National Transportation Board is investigating witness reports that the impacting train stopped briefly before accelerating and crashing.

Metro management wouldn’t comment on how fast the train was travelling at the time of impact. The impact took place at a location with a sizable distance between rail stations where the trains can reach some of the highest speeds along the rail system.

The lead train was actually stopped at impact. Video from the scene showed the incoming train ontop of the stopped lead train. The impact was so severe, that it was reported on Larry King Live that one of the cars was at least 75% compressed.

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