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Major Delays on Red Line After Derailments

Weekend Update: Metro says Red Line delays are likely to continue through the weekend in the aftermath of Friday afternoon's derailments near Bethesda.
Trains will continue to share a single track between the Friendship Heights and Medical Center.vThe transit authority says it expects to have full service restored by Monday morning.

6 p.m. Friday: Two trains have derailed near Bethesda. Metro says trains are sharing the same track between Medical Center and Friendship Heights to get around the disabled trains. There are delays in both directions, and the transit authority expects them to continue for the rest of this evening. All the stations are open.

Here's Metro's statement on the incident:
A six-car inbound train heading toward the Glenmont Metrorail station had a mechanical problem and was stopped between the Bethesda and Friendship Heights Metrorail stations. When a second train was brought in to move the disabled train out of the station, Metro discovered that the rear wheels on the last car of the disabled train had popped off the tracks. During the recovery effort, the first car of the second train came off the tracks.

About 84 passengers on the first train are being helped off. There were no passengers on the second train. No reports of injuries.

This page on Metro's Web site provides updates on the delays. The transit authority says it is setting up a shuttle bus service around the problem area, but each bus can carry about 50 people, so it takes about four of them to accommodate the passengers on one completely full rail car.

The free shuttles will stop at Friendship Heights, Bethesda and Medical Center.

Another option is to try for one of the regularly scheduled Metrobuses on Connecticut Avenue -- those would be the L1, L2 and L4 -- or the 30s Line operating on Wisconsin Avenue. You can see a map of D.C. bus routes here.

Along Rockville Pike in Montgomery County, you can look for the J buses. You can see a map of the Metrobus and Ride On bus routes here.

By Robert Thomson  |  March 27, 2009; 5:23 PM ET
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Comments

Terrorism?

Posted by: Bitter_Bill | March 27, 2009 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Actually, news 8 says that a mechanical malfunction on train 1 disabled it. Train 2 came up to push train 1 out of the way. Train 2 derailed, then train 1 followed suit.

Unless WaPo has some scoop the rest of us don't -- and isn't sharing -- this wasn't a collision.

Posted by: JoeSchmoe06 | March 27, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

a passenger train derails and the lede is "major delays"? nice touch.

Posted by: ashe1 | March 27, 2009 6:21 PM | Report abuse

I really shouldn't be surprised about the lack of communication from Metro. Never received email alerts, although I'm signed up for them on two email accounts, and the train arrival screen outside Metro Center was still giving information about parking for the Cherry Blossom Festival. Nice to learn about the delays after I was already inside the fare gates and about the fact that it was a derailment only when I finally got home an hour and a half later. Glad to hear no one was hurt, but still...

Posted by: SilverySpringlike | March 27, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

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