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Metro releases preliminary findings of Red Line train fire

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    Metro train fire on Red Line

    Wednesday, May 15 2013 12:00 AM EDT2013-05-15 04:00:50 GMT
    Metro train service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations on the Red Line has been restored Tuesday night after a train fire at the Silver Spring station.
    Metro train service between Takoma and Forest Glen stations on the Red Line has been restored Tuesday night after a train fire at the Silver Spring station.
WASHINGTON -

Metro has not found the main cause of the electrical fire that occurred under a Red Line train Tuesday, but investigators have eliminated track conditions as a factor.

Metro says their investigation is focusing on the rail car. Metro says investigators are looking at the way the electrical arc-flashing occurred beneath the car, which suggests possible unintended contact between a metal-shielded hose under the train, and power cables.

Metro expects the examination of the rail car will take several days.

The rail car that caught on fire is a 1000-series car, which is the oldest type in Metro’s fleet and will be retired once the new 7000-series rail cars arrive next year.

Metro says they will also review the offloading of passengers and the train’s movement beyond the Takoma station.

Thousands of passengers were affected during rush hour Tuesday while firefighters put out the smoky fire on the train that stopped at the Silver Spring station. The train was not carrying passengers at the time.

The Silver Spring station was evacuated and closed for the emergency response. Full train service on the Red Line was later restored Tuesday night.


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