Washington, DC metro train DERAILS in tunnel, major line shut down during rush hour
A metro train serving the US capital partially derailed in a tunnel connecting Washington, DC with Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, stranding around 400 passengers and bringing the evening commute to a halt.
Service between the Pentagon and Foggy Bottom was suspended on Tuesday afternoon, after a Blue Line train derailed in the Rosslyn Tunnel, local media reported. Only one of the cars in the train, with 25 passengers on board, had lost contact with the rails – but that stranded the entire 12-car train, with an estimated 400 people stuck in the tunnel for over an hour.
Just sitting in the dark on the blue line #wmatapic.twitter.com/QGy4nlms8m— Mary Kate (@justplainmk) October 12, 2021
Video from the train showed masked passengers looking at their cell phones as all the lights had gone off.
Breaking: Police have boarded stuck #wmata blue line train near Arlington Cemetery stop. A train car derailed. No injuries. Video from a passenger. @wusa9 pic.twitter.com/1wlrthMvCt— Spencer Allan Brooks (@SpencerSays) October 12, 2021
Firefighters and other emergency service personnel were deployed to the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations, with the intent to evacuate the passengers affected. They will have to walk through the tunnel, over a distance of about 650 yards (600-plus meters).
UPDATE: More fire & EMS arriving from @ArlingtonVaFD to help in evacuation from derailed #Metro train in the tunnel betw. Arlington Cem. & Rosslyn. As many as 400 passengers on board. Plan is to walk them out. No fire. @WTOPtraffic@WTOP@ARLnowDOTcom#metroderail#Transitpic.twitter.com/wo4xUpQ2ON— Dave Statter (@STATter911) October 12, 2021
The evacuation began around 6:30pm local time – almost 90 minutes after the derailment.
Huge presence of firefighters responding to a derailment near the Arlington Cemetery Metro station #wmatapic.twitter.com/GTAY0Nv6Wm— Tom Roussey (@tomroussey7news) October 12, 2021
The Blue Line connects the southern end of DC’s Virginia suburbs with those in eastern Maryland in an S-shaped path. The Rosslyn Tunnel also serves the Orange and Silver Lines that run east-west, while a rail bridge across the Potomac serves the Yellow Line going north-south.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) system is relatively new by the standards of international subways, with construction starting in 1969 and the first line opening in 1976. The original system, 103 miles (166km) long, was finished in early 2001. The Silver Line, which is intended to link DC with Dulles International Airport in Virginia, is still under construction and expected to become fully operational by 2022.Also on rt.com Moscow metro 'will operate in ANY scenario, it cannot stop', mayor says amid coronavirus speculation
Poor maintenance has caused a number of problems for the WMATA in recent years, including derailments, collisions and fires. In the spring of 2016, the WMATA implemented a one-day shutdown to assess the system’s safety and launched extensive repairs.
While the number of Metro riders has dropped significantly since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as most employees in the capital who can do so continue to work from home, service workers remain reliant on the rail service to get to and from their jobs.
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