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President Barack Obama says the thoughts and prayers of the first family go out to the victims of the commuter train crash in Washington, D.C., that killed six people and injured scores of others.

Obama issued a statement Monday night thanking rescue personnel who helped to save lives.

Obama says his staff has been in touch with the office of Washington’s mayor, Adrian Fenty, and will continue to monitor the situation.

The accident took place just after 5 p.m. EDT in northeast Washington when one Metro train crashed into the rear of another.

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