Monday's Red Line meltdown
10:45 a.m. Update: Reader Max Vinograd took this picture at Medical Center Station Monday night around 6:30. He wrote us that the station was packed, and that after a 15- to 20-minute wait, "a Metro employee announced that the Red Line was out of service. Thousands of people funneled out of the station.Some found humor in this odd series of events, while others were just sweaty, frustrated and exhausted."
Riders stream out of Medical Center Station. (Max Vinograd)
Tuesday, 29 June, 9 a.m.Update: Were you stuck in the Red Line delays on Monday night? Share your story in the comments below.
10:13 p.m. Update: Metro reports that normal service on the Red Line resumed about 9:40 p.m.
8:49 p.m. Update: This will be our last update. Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that his train is moving steadily north and operators are making clear announcements about what is happening. Single-tracking continues but the volume of riders has eased.
In answer to our earlier question about why people were not allowed to use the connecting doors and disembark, Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in an e-mail: "To avoid having them see the horrific scene on the tracks."
8:36 p.m. Update: Local Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that the stop lasted 15 minutes before the train began moving again, so the delays are still persisting. Metro is reporting that trains are still single-tracking.
8:34 p.m. Update: We're asking for clarification from Metro on why all of the passengers could not disembark by using the connecting doors.
8:31 p.m. Update: Reader Jessica White reports that her trip from Farragut North (6:15 p.m. boarding) to Twinbrook lasted until 8:05 p.m.She had to disembark at Friendship Heights and wait for a second train. The commute is normally 36 minutes, she said.
8:26 p.m. Update: The Post's Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that his train "sailed to Cleveland Park" from Farragut North. At Cleveland Park the operator announced the train would hold. "Stations are desolate," Garcia-Ruiz reports.
8:18 p.m. Update: The Post's Emilio Garcia-Ruiz reports that Farragut North Station was empty when he arrived and that a a train headed toward Shady Grove arrived on time.
8:15 p.m. Update: Farbstein reports that the train stopped 50 feet from the man on the tracks. Most passengers were able to disembark. About 35 passengers were left on the back of the train. They were stranded without air conditioning for 40 minutes, she said. The train eventually reversed to Medical Center and the people disembarked.
"The people on the train were on a hot train," she said. "They were upset by their predicament. It's a shame they were so very inconvenienced. It was a very rough day for the Red Line."
8:10 p.m. Update: Reader Steve Geimann reports that his northbound train has reached Medical Center and crossed over to the southbound tracks to single-track.
8:02 p.m. Update: Farbstein said delays will persist in both directions for much of the evening.
8 p.m. Update: Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said the man who died jumped from the mezzanine.
7:54 p.m. Update: Trains are stopping at Grosvenor, even with the single-tracking.
7: 52 p.m. Update: we are interviewing Lisa Farbstein of Metro now. Update TK
7:46 p.m. Update: Reader Steve Geimann reports extremely slow movement through the tunnels.
7:48 p.m. Update: Geimann reports that his train has stopped at Friendship Heights, and announcements are being made about single-tracking from Medical Center to White Flint.
7:40 p.m. Update: Metro reports that Grosvenor is open and trains are single-tracking through the station.
7:36 p.m. Update: We're getting reports from several people who say they have bailed at Van Ness Station. Rachel Seeger said she took Metro because of the MARC delays only to encounter this.
strong>7:30 p.m. Update: Reader Jeanne McCann reports that she is stuck in Bethesda Station but the announcements are incomprehensible. "what don't they use the signs that announce the next trains to tell us what is going on(?"
7:25 p.m. Update: Metro says Red Line riders should expect delays of at least an hour. Shuttle bus service has been established, but Metro estimates there will be long waits for shuttles buses. Metro's latest release also says that Grosvenor Station is closed.
7:23 p.m. Update: Metro's first press release on the incident provides some details:
"The preliminary report is that a man jumped onto the tracks at about 6:10 p.m. and died of his injuries. He was not struck by a train.:
7:20 p.m Update: Here is another report from Carrie Helmold:
"Trains moving again, we are going all the way to shady grove and did stop at grosvenor. They are blocking the one side with police tape so looks like we are single tracking through grosvenor."
7:15 p.m. Update: Reader Rachel Seeger reports that she is stuck between Cleveland Park and Van Ness, and that she just saw a train headed south.
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7:01 p.m. Update: Montgomery County EMS Capt. Oscar Garcia confirms that a person has died at Grosvenor Station.
Fire and Rescue responded about 6:16 p.m., and Metro Transit Police are in charge of the scene, he said.
Garcia said the person had "significant injuries incompatible with life," including head trauma. The person "was not believed to have been struck by a train," he said. Garcia did not have information on the age, gender or sex of the person.
Garcia reported that the northbound train appears to have stopped short of the station platform, and that power had been discontinued to the third rail. However, he said a plan was being developed to restore power and to move the train back to Medical Center Station so that passengers could be allowed to disembark. Without power, the conditions in the train would become uncomfortable for passengers, especially given the heat.
6:55 p.m. Update: Reader Carrie Helmold reports that she is on a stopped train at Friendship Heights. An announcement was just made that Metro is "reactivating the third rail."
6:53 p.m. Update: Still no word from Metro. A Montgomery County police spokeswoman said the agency was dispatching a unit to Grosvenor to see if assistance is needed. Metro Transit Police are in the situation there, she said.
6:47 p.m. Update: Metro just tweeted that trains are being turned back at Medical Center and White Flint stations, suggesting that the problem is centered around Grosvenor Station.
6:45 p.m. Update: We're waiting on Metro spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein to provide the latest details on the Red Line problems. Twitter users are reporting an array of delays, but nothing definitive. If you're in the system and witnesses problems, send an e-mail to email@example.com or post a comment below.
Original post: Metro says trains are single tracking between Friendship Heights and Grosvenor stations due to an injured customer. There are delays in both directions.
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