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Fire Disrupted Metro Service at McPherson Square

Metro officials said a piece of equipment under an Orange Line train sparked a fire this morning at the McPherson Square station at about 8:22 a.m. The collector shoe, which is under the train and conducts electricity from the third rail to power the train, fell off, causing sparks and a fire, according to Metro spokeswoman Candace Smith.

The train was on its way to Vienna. Passengers, who described a station filled up with smoke, had to get off the train and were told to evacuate the station. Officials said the train operator put out the fire and station fans were also turned on. Smith said the immediate incident caused an eight-minute delay, and also caused delays up and down the line.
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By Robert Thomson  |  July 30, 2009; 12:11 PM ET
Categories:  Metro , Safety , transit  
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Don't know if this was related or not, but the blue line into Downtown from VA had a 15 minute wait for one train, with trains running normally behind it (this was at 830am).

It probably was a train that had a mechnical issue heading out of the yard.
This is the problem with 6 minute headways on the blue line. One train taken out of service or not placed into service and you have an issue like this.

Posted by: blah1233242 | July 30, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

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