The Washington Metro is warning of delays and crowded conditions through Monday afternoon on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines after two trains collided between Foggy Bottom and Farragut West stations.
As of 9 a.m. three lines were running trains every 15 minutes. Orange and Blue line trains are single tracking between Farragut West and McPherson Square. Silver Line trains are only operating between Wiehle-Reston East and Ballston to reduce delays on other lines.
Metro asks commuters to consider alternative routes through afternoon rush hour, with single tracking expected to impact all three lines until closing Monday. Metro’s rush hour promise will be honored during morning commute, but will be suspended on the three lines for this afternoon.
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Two train operators were treated for non-life-threatening injuries after their trains became involved in a rear-end collision shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority said in statement.
One operator had been released from a hospital by 6:30 a.m.
The two trains were traveling eastbound from Foggy Bottom in the direction of Farragut West. They were out-of-service and being moved to their respective rail yards. The only person on each train was the operator.
Metro reports that the trains did not derail. No damage to the tunnel or its infrastructure was reported.
“Hopefully it’s not going to make me late.” Metro rider reacts to overnight train collision near Farragut West station. No passengers were onboard and 2 train operators injured. Orange, Blue and silver lines now operating every 15 min. Delays expected, plan ahead! @WTOP pic.twitter.com/hBbtIKdcx8
— Melissa Howell (@Mhowell003) October 7, 2019
An investigation continues into the damage to the 12 3000-series cars. An analysis of event recorders and signal systems will be conducted.
Metro said it has notified the Metropolitan Washington Safety Commission and the National Transportation Safety Board as required.
WTOP’s Marcus Lustig and Melissa Howell contributed to this report.
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