A metro practice serving the US capital has partially gone off the rails in a tunnel connecting Washington, DC with Arlington Nationwide Cemetery in Virginia, stranding round 400 passengers and snarling up the night commute.
Service between the Pentagon and Foggy Backside was suspended on Tuesday afternoon, after a Blue Line practice derailed within the Rosslyn tunnel, native media reported. Solely one of many automobiles within the practice, with 25 passengers on board, had misplaced contact with the rails – however that stranded the whole 12-car practice, with an estimated 400 individuals caught within the tunnel for over an hour.
Video from the practice confirmed masked passengers their cell telephones as all of the lights had gone off.
#BREAKING #WashingtonDC practice derails in tunnel close to Pentagon Arlington Firefighters affirm they helped Metro on this incident, though there aren’t any stories of accidents but. Persons are being evacuated from the tunnel.#BreakingNews pic.twitter.com/ZIt7TSAs1G
— 🌎 Sarwar 🌐 (@ferozwala) October 12, 2021
Firefighters and different emergency service personnel have been deployed to the Rosslyn and Arlington Cemetery stations, with the intent to evacuate the passengers affected. They should stroll via the tunnel, over a distance of about 650 yards (600-plus meters).
UPDATE: Extra hearth & EMS arriving from @ArlingtonVaFD to assist in evacuation from derailed #Metro practice within the tunnel betw. Arlington Cem. & Rosslyn. As many as 400 passengers on board. Plan is to stroll them out. No hearth. @WTOPtraffic @WTOP @ARLnowDOTcom #metroderail #Transit pic.twitter.com/wo4xUpQ2ON
— Dave Statter (@STATter911) October 12, 2021
The evacuation started round 6:30 pm native time – nearly 90 minutes after the derailment.
Big presence of firefighters responding to a derailment close to the Arlington Cemetery Metro station #wmata pic.twitter.com/GTAY0Nv6Wm
— Tom Roussey (@tomroussey7news) October 12, 2021
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