Va. woman who died in smoky Metro train remembered by neighbors, co-workers
The D.C. Chief Medical Examiner's Office has identified a 61-year-old Alexandria, Va., woman as the person who died Monday after a malfunction caused a busy Metro station to fill with heavy smoke.
Chief Medical Examiner's Office spokesperson Beverly Fields identified the victim as Carol Glover.
Glover was onboard a Yellow line Metro train that stopped about 800 feet from the platform and became filled with smoke after what the National Transportation Safety Board calls an electrical arcing event that involved the electrified third rail.
Glover was a mother of two sons. According to neighbors, she had recently just become a grandmother.
Diana Rodriguez lived across the street from Glover in their Alexandria neighborhood for the last 15 years and they had numerous conversations on bus rides together about their children.
"I just can't even believe it because when you see somebody every day, you think, 'Oh well, you will see them later,'" she said. "You don't ever think it is going to be the last time you see them."
She was a government contract employee who worked as a senior business analyst for DKW Communications located in Northwest D.C. since July 2013. President and CEO Darryl Washington tells FOX 5 that Glover was a great person and was their Employee of the Year last year.
"Our hearts are heavy right now around DKW, and I'm quite sure as her family is, but it's really devastating," said Jody Sisco, who worked with Glover. "We are just trying to digest everything."
Her death is the first on the transit system since a 2009 crash that killed eight passengers and a train operator.
D.C. fire officials say over 200 people were evaluated and 84 people were taken to the hospital with various injuries, including smoke inhalation.