Moving Railcar Separates On Packed DC Metro Train

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Commuters on the red line got a shock when two railcars separated from a D.C. Metro train as it was carrying passengers amid Monday morning’s rush hour.

The Metro train separated at roughly 9 a.m. on the red line as it approached the Twinbrook station. It happened on a 7000 series train, Metro’s newest and most technologically advanced line. The red line train was bound for Shady Grove but came to a halt after the separation. Passengers were evacuated by officials with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) onto the tracks, reports WTOP.

Part of the train aligned with the station platform, allowing some riders to safely exit the train. Metro officials are not reporting any injuries from the incident.

Commuters frustrated with Metro service will experience a lull in repairs during the holidays and throughout the month of January. Surge 11 repairs, which are currently slamming orange and silver line riders with up to 20-minute delays, will end on Dec. 20.

SafeTrack repairs will then be suspended for the remainder of the month and through January in order to allow for inauguration preparations.

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