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.
-- Lena H. Sun
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