At least one person was injured Friday morning after a Metro Silver Line train carrying 75 riders derailed near the East Falls Church station in Virginia.
Arlington County Fire Department deputy fire marshal Peter Corbino said medics treated the passenger at the scene and transported that person to the Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington.
Virginia Hospital Center vice president Adrian Stanton said the hospital released that person later that day after treating the passenger for a head injury.
The fire department earlier announced on Twitter medics evaluated two people for injuries but Corbino said he only knew about medics sending one person to the hospital for a non-life-threatening injury.
Metro closed the East Falls Church station through the evening rush hour, said Metro spokesperson Richard Jordan said.
Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the derailment happened in the 6 o’clock hour, seriously damaging at least two train cars and sections of the track.
Wiedefeld’s said the derailment is evidence the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority is behind on maintaining its system.
“It’s too early to determine if this was human, maintenance, what it was… clearly we cannot be on top of the maintenance of the system,” said Wiedefeld.
The Orange Line between Ballston and West Falls Church shut down along with the Silver Line between McLean and West Falls Church.
Riders can take buses between the stations.
Wiedefeld told riders their trips could take extra time.
Federal Transit Administration spokesperson Steven Kulm said the FTA is investigating the derailment. It is in charge of state-level safety oversight of Metro.
A train last derailed Aug. 6 at about 5 a.m. near Smithsonian Station with only the train operator on board. The operator was not injured.
On Friday, the fourth and fifth railcars derailed when a train crossed to the other side of the tracks during single tracking just outside a work zone, Wiedefeld said.
Metro spokesperson Dan Stessel also said the derailment occurred outside the SafeTrack zone.
The general manager said he could not identify the cause of the derailment because employees were investigating it.
He said he personally walked the track where the train derailed and said he saw the train stopped about 100 feet from the platform.
Metro said riders evacuated through the front of the train and walked to the platform.
“The overall issues that we’ve had for the past decade or two have been because we have not been maintaining the tracks,” said Wiedefeld.