Delays ease for Red Line riders
7:40 p.m. Update: Riders are reporting that travel through Gallery Place and along the Red Line has eased considerably.
6:55 p.m. Update: Post editor Elizabeth Chang reports that she left our Northwest headquarters at 5:45. She just reached Grosvenor Station.
6:45 p.m. Update: There are massive Red Line delays, this time due to a train that earlier had mechanical difficulties at Gallery Place. Metro says the problem has been resolved but there are reports of massive delays in the system with crowded trains and platforms.
5:15 p.m. Update: Metro says the problem has been resolved but train operations will take time to return to normal. Expect delays to continue.
4:25 p.m. Update: Metro says, "Riders should expect major delays."
4:20 p.m. Update: According to Metro, the pole, located off Metro property, did make contact with a train. No riders were injured, Metro said.
4 p.m. Update: Dr. Gridlock reports that he saw a pole leaning across a fence above the inbound Red Line tracks. He was on a train that stopped for 10 to 15 minutes outside of Union Station after the incident, and the operator disembarked to investigate.
Dr. Gridlock's train eventually returned to New York Avenue, unloaded and boarded a train on the opposite side to head downtown. Delays continue as trains single-track through the area.
3:42 p.m. Update: According to D.C. Fire / EMS officials, the pole has fallen across the tracks, not on a train. Authorities are on the scene investigating.
Dr. Gridlock was aboard a train in the vicinity, and the operator told passengers that a pole fell in front of the train, he said. The train was returning to New York Avenue Station to unload.
Metro says trains are operating in both directions, but there are delays due to single-tracking.
Original post: Outbound trains on the Red Line are holding due to a utility pole falling on a Metro train outside of New York Avenue Station.
Spokeswoman Taryn McNeil said the transit authority had no additional information.
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