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Bomb scare slows Red Line

[This post has been updated]

A bomb scare triggered massive delays along the Red Line Monday as the evening commute was in full swing.

According to a Metro spokesman, the delays began at Tenleytown when a passenger thought he overheard another person make a comment "saying they had a bomb." The train at Tenleytown was offloaded and Metro Transit Police "did a complete scan of the train. Nothing was found at all," said Steven Taubenkibel.

The incident began about 6:15 p.m., according to reports from Red Line riders, and lasted about 25 minutes.

Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles reported on his Twitter feed (@roncharles) that police searched rail cars with dogs. Staff writer Ann Scott Tyson reported that a train was offloaded at Farragut North and riders along the rail line said platforms were jammed.

According to Metro announcements trains continued through the Tenleytown Station during the incident, single-tracking between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations.

Police are currently interviewing the person who allegedly made the comment, and the incident remains under investigation, Taubenkibel said.

-- Michael D. Bolden

6:55 p.m. Update: According to Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel, the incident began when a passenger thought he overheard another person make a comment "saying they had a bomb." The train at Tenleytown was offloaded and Metro Transit Police "did a complete scan of the train. Nothing was found at all," he said.

Police are currently interviewing the person who allegedly made the comment, and the incident remains under investigation, Taubenkibel said.

The incident began about 6:15 p.m., according to reports from Red Line riders, and lasted about 25 minutes.

6:48 p.m. Update: Metro Local Editor Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, who is headed toward Rockville Station, reports that trains are packed.

6:40 p.m. Update: Metro says the situation at Tenleytown has been resolved. However, delays will take time to work though the system.

6:34 p.m. Update: Users on the Red Line are reporting jammed platforms. Post Book World editor Ron Charles has reported on his Twitter feed (@roncharles) that police are searching the rail cars with dogs.

6:25 p.m. Update:Red Line riders are facing what appear to be at least a couple of issues for the evening commute. The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that a train has been off-loaded at Farragut North due to a malfunction.

Original post: Metro says trains are single-tracking between Friendship Heights and Van Ness stations due to "a police situation" at Tenleytown.

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Riders report from the rails (#wmata):

By Michael Bolden  | October 25, 2010; 6:24 PM ET
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Comments

I was on a train stopped at Woodley Park for about 15 min then we were offloaded. Trains were still coming in from the north.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | October 25, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The situation seems to have started earlier than 6:25. I was on a Shady Grove-bound train that got to Van Ness right around, maybe 6:02. We stopped in the tunnel because of a "situation at Tenleytown" until 6:25, then finally got to Tenleytown on the Glenmont-bound track.

Posted by: DOEJN | October 25, 2010 9:59 PM | Report abuse

Oops, I messed that up. We were stopped just before Van Ness around 6:02. Got to Van Ness (not Tenleytown) at 6:25 on the Glenmont-bound track.

Posted by: DOEJN | October 25, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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