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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

INAUGURATION - 1953

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On Jan. 15, 1953, the Arlington County Fire Department made one of its most dramatic mutual aid runs into Washington, D.C.

The Pennsylvania Railroad's "Federal Express" - packed people with headed to the nation's capital for the inauguration of President Eisenhower - crashed into Union Station after its brakes failed.

The District of Columbia Fire Department summoned assistance from Arlington County and other communities to help with the casualties.

Miraculously, there were no fatalities aboard the train or inside the terminal, which was evacuated moments before impact.