Former Buffalonian Who Died in D.C. Train Crash Honored

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM EDT

By WKBW News

July 27, 2010 Updated Jul 27, 2010 at 7:24 PM EDT

Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) - A woman who was born and raised in Buffalo and died in a tragic Washington D.C. Metro Train accident last year was honored today by members of the Buffalo Common Council.
The family of 42-year old Jeanice McMillan accepted a proclamation honoring the woman's life.

Buffalo Council Members Richard Fontana and Bonnie E. Russell presented the proclamation Tuesday afternoon.

Jeanice was the operator of a Metro D.C. train that accidentally crashed into another train last year. She did all she could to prevent the tragedy-- pulling the emergency brake-- but sadly the train did not stop in time.

8 others died in the crash.

Meanwhile-- Officials with National Transportation Safety Board testified in Washington D.C. Tuesday. They, again, blamed the accident on a glitch in the system.

A safety mechanism that should have prevented the crash was not working properly, according to investigators. Washington D.C.'s Metro repaired the system shortly after the crash-- installing millions of dollars in upgrades. But Jeanice's family hopes the hearings lead to more changes to prevent a tragedy like this from ever occurring again.

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