- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 29, 2009

UPDATED:

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority says at least three rail cars were damaged beyond repair in a crash that injured three workers.

The transit agency says a six-car subway train was returning to the West Falls Church rail yard when it rear-ended a parked six-car train early Sunday.

Metro says that three cars are beyond repair and that maintenance officials still are determining whether the remaining nine cars can be fixed. There’s no total estimate of damage, but new rail cars cost about $3 million each.

Three employees were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and released. No passengers were on board.

It was the latest in a series of recent accidents involving Washington’s rail system. The worst was a June crash that killed eight passengers and the train operator.

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