Metro Red Line train derails in Washington

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A six-car Washington Metro Red Line train jumped the tracks shortly after 10 a.m. today near Farragut North Metro station in the heart of the District.

According to Metro, the front wheels of the first car of a northbound Red Line train packed with rush-hour commuters slipped off the tracks as it approached Farragut North station. D.C. Fire Department officials report that the first two cars left the tracks.

Emergency crews from the D.C. Fire Department converged on the station at Connecticut Avenue and K Street NW to evacuate passengers. Passengers removed from the train report seeing no evidence of serious injury and feeling no serious movement. According to passengers, the train lost power when it stopped abruptly.

The D.C. Fire Department has confirmed earlier reports that no passengers were injured in the derailment.

Safety on the Washington Metro system has become a serious concern since the July crash of two Red Line trains that killed nine people, including the operator of one of the trains.

Written by Sandy Smith

Source: Associated Press, MSNBC

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