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Teenager fatally struck by train, Wells wants Ellerbe, Quander to resign

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The tragedy of a 15-year-old struck by a Virginia Railway Express (VRE) train early yesterday morning has been identified.

The Washington Post reported that Jack Chen, a sophomore at W.T. Woodson High School, was the victim. Chen was a resident of Fairfax.

Commuters on the train were transferred to buses with a Metro option going to Washington, D.C. Fairfax police are still investigating the incident which occurred at 11500 Clare Barton Drive around 5:35 a.m.

The calamity caused further trains to be cancelled during the morning rush hours. The evening commute was on an “S” schedule. On the VRE website (www.vre.org) it is defined as this: “The "S" trains operate daily (Mon-Fri). However, on selected holidays, in times of inclement weather, or other service disruptions, we will operate the "S" schedule, which means that only the trains marked with an "S" will run.”

“Jack was an excellent student, bright and cheerful and very well-liked by all who knew him. He will be greatly missed,” Woodson Principal Jeff Yost said in a statement to the school community Wednesday afternoon.

According to reports, this is the second incident of a person being struck this year by a VRE train. In January a woman identified in her 20s was killed by a VRE train. Police indicated she was wearing headphones at the time and probably did not hear the train coming.

More on this story can be read at: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/fairfax-teen-fat...

Ward 6 Councilman Wells wants resignations

Councilman Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6), also a candidate running for mayor this year against incumbent Vincent Gray, is asking for the resignations of Washington, D.C. Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe and Deputy Mayor for Public Safety Paul Quander. Wells is not alone in his requests; Councilwoman Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) is also asking for the same thing.

"This is what I think is a department in disarray," Cheh said. "(It) seems he no longer has control or confidence of the rank and file."

Read more of Cheh’s response here: http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/07/mary-cheh-wants-d-c-fire-chief-ken-...

Dcist.com reported what Wells stated recently regarding a letter to Mayor Gray on his request –

In a letter delivered to Mayor Vincent Gray, Wells said the "request is not based on a single incident," but rather "systematic mismanagement."

"From burning ambulances, uncertified fire trucks, and no procurement plan to adequately equip our fire and emergency personnel, to a shortage of paramedics, delayed response to emergencies, and poor training and management, this department has enormous and urgent challenges to overcome. Yet the administration has no coherent plan to improve the department’s performance," Wells writes. "Blaming racial divisions, union membership, or other perceived motivations for the department’s dysfunction must end."

The final straw came with the death of Medric Cecil Mills, Jr., 77, who collapsed across the street from a Northeast firehouse located on Rhode Island Avenue Jan. 25 and later died in a hospital.

More on this story and the report made of dysfunctions within the two departments Ellerbe and Quander lead can be read below.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/report-on-death-of-man-outside...

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