Blue Line train evacuated
Morning commuters had to evacuate a Blue Line train after it apparently got entangled in a loose cable as it approached the Smithsonian Metrorail station about 8:30 Tuesday, causing a small fire.
There were no reported injuries, according to Metro spokeswoman Angela Gates.
The cable likely became wrapped around a portion of the first rail car of the train, which was heading toward Franconia-Springfield. The fire was extinguished and the customers were transferred to an Orange Line train to return to L'Enfant Plaza, according to a statement from Metro.
Passengers aboard the train involved in the incident were startled when their train stopped in the tunnel, a door suddenly opened and people ran in from the next car. Everyone jumped up, according to an eyewitness account, as a faint smell of smoke entered the train.
"Ladies and gentlemen, we hit a wire on the tracks and we are going to be recovered," the operator announced over the intercom.
Disruptions are continuing at Smithsonian because trains have to share the same track as workers recover the disabled train.
--Ann Scott Tyson
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