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Washington’s Metro Operators Warned 3 Years Ago of Weaknesses in Aging 1000-Series Cars

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It has been discovered that safety watchdogs warned Washington’s metro operators three years ago about the inherent weaknesses with regards to the aging subway cars like the one involved in a collision that killed nine people Monday, investigators said.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the US capital’s subway system was informed in 2006 that the carriage in its 1000-series trains was likely to crumple in the event of an impact.

It is clear to see the effects of that danger in the mangled wreckage of two commuter trains, which collided during the city’s busy Monday evening rush hour killing nine and injuring as many as 80 others.

The 2006 report outlined the fact that the 1000-series was "vulnerable to catastrophic telescoping damage and complete loss of occupant survival space."

NTSB officials dug through the wreckage on Wednesday, hunting for clues to the worst subway accident in the system’s entire history. The D.C. Metro carries 800,000 people daily through Washington and nearby suburbs in Maryland and Virginia.

Metro officials said they still had no clue as to why one train — thought to be one of the oldest on the 33-year-old network — plowed into the back of a stationary one on an above-ground section of the system’s Red Line.

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