Neighborhood Association Does Not Want Permanent Memorial For 2009 Train Crash Victims

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Credit: WNEW's Kevin Patrick

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - A makeshift memorial of flowers, candles and pictures has stood on the Charles A. Langley Bridge for years, but the District wants to construct a proper memorial in an adjacent neighborhood, to commemorate the deadliest accident in Metro’s history.

On June 22, 2009, a crash occurred on the Metro’s Red Line that was blamed on a faulty circuit. The victim list consisted of six women and three men, including a nursing student, a former commanding general of the D.C. National Guard and his wife, a mortgage banker.

Casualties also included a mother of two, and a mother of six, as well as the driver of one of the trains.

Now the city would like to create a permanent memorial near the site, but as Kevin Patrick reports, the local residents don’t want anything to do with it.

The neighborhood association is opposed to it because they already have block parties there. Also, they are concerned that the installation of benches would encourage kids to have sex in the secluded area.

Listen to ALL NEWS – 99.1 for more on this story from WNEW’s Kevin Patrick…

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