As a relatively frequent Metro passenger I was horrified by the deadliest crash in Metro history that took place today. Laura actually told me about it from Miami, where it was all over the airport news monitors; I had actually just gotten off a different train on a different line at the time of the crash en route to picking up the kids from daycare and day camp.
Some time ago I signed up for the "e-alert" service from Metro, which more or less informs recipients of delays etc. Just now I checked my email and saw a stream of messages related to the crash. Perhaps not surprisingly but still weirdly, the terms used were "a train experiencing mechanical difficulties" updated to "police activity" at the nearest station to the accident.
I can understand the motivation behind the language but it is a jarring disconnect between these terse, anonymous, sanitized messages and the reality on the ground.