Derailed Trains Cause Metro Delays; No Injuries Reported
7/6/2012, 7:17 p.m.
Three Metro trains carrying 55 passengers partially veered off track Friday near the West Hyattsville station, causing significant delays on the green and yellow lines.
No injuries were reported in the incident that occurred around 4:45 p.m. on the Green Line, but Prince George's County Fire and EMS officials reported the trains had been headed toward the District and that passengers were removed via the exit at 29th Avenue and Ager Road, and transferred to shuttle buses.
Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said the trains were at the rear of an inbound train.
As a result of the derailment, train service between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza has been temporarily suspended, and Metro has advised customers traveling to Nationals Park to consider using Capitol South Station on the Orange and Blue lines to avoid Green Line delays.
In addition, all Metrorail trains in above-ground areas are being slowed to 35 mph as a precaution.
This latest derailment occurred shortly after the third anniversary observance of the fatal Red Line crash on June 22, 2009, that involved two trains and claimed the lives of nine people.