Emergency vehicles cluster outside the Tenleytown Metro station after reports that a train lost power underground Wednesday, Sept. 19.
There were major delays on Metro's Red Line this morning due to power problems near the NoMa-Gallaudet U station and the Tenleytown station, reports WMATA.
About 60 passengers were evacuated from a train between the
NoMA-Gallaudet U and Rhode Island Avenue stations just before 8 a.m. And
then on the other side of the Red Line, a train with about 800
passengers was stopped underground near the Tenleytown station for
nearly an hour, before being moved into the station and offloading
passengers shortly after nearly an hour at 10 a.m.
"People were freaking out and crying," said one passenger, who asked
to remain anonymous. "One guy, he went crazy and was going to attack."
Service has returned to normal and Metro is looking into the cause of the problem.
"We do not yet know the cause of aither of these incidents or even if they are related," says Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel.
Riders were facing significant delays in both directions, and the
agency recommended passengers use the Green Line between
Chinatown/Gallery Place and Fort Totten.
Trains were single tracking between the NoMa and Rhode Island Avenue
stations and between Friendship Heights and Tenleytown, but normal
service has resumed with some residual delays. Trains are moving at
slower speeds while the power problems are investigated.