Red Line returning to normal
Fire crews respond to the incident at Metro Center. (By J. Freedom du Lac/The Washington Post)
11:50 A.M. UPDATE: "We are back to normal now with residual delays," said Metro spokeswoman Taryn McNeil.
11:45 A.M. UPDATE: Metro says the situation has been resolved but delays continue. It will take a while for life on the Red Line to return to normal.
11:40 A.M. UPDATE: Elizabeth Chang reports that her train finally arrive at Dupont Circle, where she decided to walk rather than wait for it to start moving again.
Metro is still reporting delays due to single-tracking.
11:35 A.M. UPDATE: The Post's Elizabeth Chang has been stuck on a Red Line train headed toward Farragut North from Montgomery County for more than an hour. She reports that there are lots of tourists aboard the train with children who don't quite know what to make of the situation.
11:30 A.M. UPDATE: Metro spokesman Steven Taubenkibel said an electrical short in the rail caused the fire. Officials hope to resume normal service on the Red Line by noon.
11:15 A.M. UPDATE: Metro is still investigating the situation at
Gallery Place Metro Center. Red Line delays continue across the system.
10:45 A.M. UPDATE: Metro is still reporting Red Line delays.
10:30 A.M. UPDATE: D.C. fire department spokesman Pete Piringer says a track insulator caught fire Friday morning and sent smoke through the tunnel.
Piringer says crews briefly evacuated the station as they worked to control the smoke.
No one was injured.
Metro says Red Line trains are sharing the same track between the Farragut North and Gallery Place stops.
-- Associated Press
10:05 A.M. UPDATE: D.C. emergency officials said the situation is under control. There is light smoke in the tunnel and it is being ventilated. The incident occurred on the upper level where Red Line passengers board.
10 A. M. UPDATE: D.C. emergency officials said the problem occurred on the outbound track headed for Shady Grove. Pedestrians are being evacuated from the station, they said. Unsuck DC Metro just tweeted a link to a photo that shows a Metro employee using a fire extinguisher on the tracks below a platform in the station.
Original post: D.C. Fire/EMS officials are reporting that trains on the Red Line are stopped due to an insulator fire along the track near Metro Center. There is smoke in the area and officials are investigating. Expect delays.
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