Report: Smoke killed Metro rider

On Monday, a Yellow Line train stopped in a tunnel not too far from the L'Enfant Plaza Metro station. An electrical problem filled the station with smoke.  (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)
On Monday, a Yellow Line train stopped in a tunnel not too far from the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. An electrical problem filled the station with smoke. (WTOP/Megan Cloherty)

WASHINGTON – Operating his poultry business at Eastern Market, Melvin Inman does his best to keep a smile on his face.

Every few minutes, someone approaches him to express condolence.

One woman hugs him and begins crying.

“It just seems senseless,” Inman explains.

Inman’s sister, Carol Glover, was the 61-year old woman from Alexandria who died Monday after being trapped in a smoke-filled Metro train near L’Enfant Plaza. On Thursday evening, a medical examiner said she died from acute respiratory failure because of smoke exposure.

More than 80 people were taken to hospitals. Glover was the only fatality.

“I was in shock, I started to shake, and I couldn’t believe it,”  says Inman, describing the moment he heard the terrible news.

Inman’s family members are now supporting each other as they work through this together.

“We are just, right now, trying to do the grieving process with some type of dignity,” he says.

In the future they’ll explore their legal options. But whatever they choose to do they want to honor Glover’s memory.

“If she could do anything, and her life could be anything, she would not want it to be in vain.”

If you want to make a donation to the Glover family, visit the Go Fund Me page.

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