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Metro train carrying 63 derails in D.C.

According to Metro, investigators believe the derailment was caused by a break in the rail that occurred as the train was passing over the incident location. (Photo: Metro)

A Metro train derailed while carrying 60 passengers outside the Farragut North Station Monday morning.

Metro said that the Red Line train left the tracks at around 6:40 a.m. and that none of the 63 total people, including Metro employees, on board were injured. All of the passengers were safely offloaded at Metro Center.

According to Metro, investigators believe the derailment was caused by a break in the rail that occurred as the train was passing over the incident location. The first four cars passed without incident, while cars 5, 6 and 7 derailed. By 5 p.m., Metro said the first four cars were uncoupled and moved from the scene under their power.

Metro said it was a 7000 series train with multiple railcars that went off the tracks in the oldest section of the system.

The D.C. Fire Department responded to the scene between the Farragut North and the Metro Center stations and said no fire was involved with the derailment.

Red Line service was suspended from Dupont Circle to Judiciary Square because of the derailment.

Metro said single tracking is expected Tuesday morning on the Red Line as it works to fix the rail, with trains running every 10 minutes between Shady Grove and Glenmont.

The 1100 block of Connecticut Avenue was blocked off as authorities responded but is now open, according to D.C. Traffic Police.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and D.C. Fire officials gave an update on the derailment later in the morning. Metro officials say it is too early to speculate on a cause but did say they are looking at the track, railcars and operator as they investigate the incident.

Ward 2 Councilman and Chairman of the Board of Metro Jack Evans provided another update around 3:30 p.m.

Listen to audio from WMATA during the incident:




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