Metro Red Line train derails, trains stop between Fort Totten and NoMa-Gallaudet
WASHINGTON (WJLA) - An overnight train derailment on Metro's Red line has shut down two stations and caused major delays throughout the Friday morning commute.
The derailment happened at about midnight. Metro says the train was being moved from the nearby Brentwood rail yard to the Greenbelt yard for maintenance when it jumped the tracks.
The agency is still trying to determine the cause.
Full service was restored at all Red line stations just after 1:30 p.m., more than 12 hours after the derailment was reported.
The third rail, signal cables and other components along more than 1,000 feet of track were damaged during the derailment. No one was injured during the incident.
With the capitol doom looming in the distance, scores of Metro workers repaired the damage done when the fourth and fifth car of the train derailed.
“There was no indication from the preliminary investigation that this had anything to do or had any relation to track infrastructure or anything to do with the rail cars themselves,” says Caroline Lukas, Metro spokeswoman.
Metro rider Cleveland Wright is happy the Red Line is back running, but Friday's issue is another reminder of the problems this line has had, including the deadly 2009 crash.
“It’s concerning, it’s concerning,” Wright says. “I could have been on there, I'm just glad no one got hurt.”
Walter Bias' commute to work was a little longer than usual Friday morning, but he's hoping for a smooth Red Line ride home to start his long labor day weekend.
“I hope so,” he says. “It hasn't come yet. But I hope so.”