Metro Lost $25M in Fatal Train Crash

Deadly crash could cost Metro more than $25 million

By Andy Salsman
|  Tuesday, Mar 9, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Dramatic Photos: Deadly D.C. Metro Train Crash

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WASHINGTON - JUNE 22: Rescue workers respond to the site of two Metro trains that collided with one another between the Fort Totten and Takoma Park stations June 22, 2009 in Washington, DC. Early reports indicated at least two people died and dozens of injuries were sustained in the accident. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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The deadliest crash in Metro history was also one of the costliest for the transit agency. Metro lost about $25.5 million in the June 2009 accident, according to the Washington Examiner.

Four rail cars were destroyed for a total of $12 million, the Examiner reported. Other cars suffered $3 million worth of damage, but that’s only part of Metro’s total cost. It also spent $3 million running shuttles and also had to pay for cleanup and security around the crash site, the paper reported.

Metro is trying to get insurance to pay for $24 million of the damage, but it will still be on the hook for at least $1.5 million. It also has a $1 million deductible to pay.

Things could get even worse for Metro. This total doesn’t include legal fees from lawsuits filed against the agency in the wake of the accident.

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