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Over 100 Riders Trapped on DC Metro Train Evacuated Hour Later

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A Metrorail train approaches Union Station, March 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 15 Apr 2016 12:21 PM

More than 100 riders were trapped underground on a Washington D.C. Metro train on Thursday for over an hour before they were safely evacuated.

According to WRC-TV, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials said that the Blue Line train stopped because of mechanical problems near the Rosslyn station. WRC-TV stated that from 100 to 200 passengers were eventually led through two lined-up trains onto the Rosslyn station platform.

The Washington Post reported that the stuck train caused other challenges on different lines.

The Orange and Silver Lines were forced to run on single tracks between the Clarendon and Foggy Bottom stations and that Blue Line trains ran on a single track between the Foggy Bottom and Arlington Cemetery stations.

The Washington City Paper wrote that there were "significant delays" along those train lines.

Metro officials announced on Twitter that everyone safely evacuated shortly after 3:11 p.m., before rush hour.



WMATA's Metrorail trains are second busiest in the country, transporting roughly 700,000 passengers daily throughout Washington, D.C., southern Maryland and northern Virginia, according to its website. The trains serve 91 stations through six lines.

News about the stoppage spread on social media Thursday.





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