WASHINGTON – – A deputy general manager for Metro on Friday said Metro staff have not identified a cause for a non-passenger train derailment near the Alexandria rail yard Thursday night.
Andy Off, assistant general manager for rail operations, said Metro is investigating the cause of the derailment of a non-passenger six-car train that occurred near the Alexandria rail yard Thursday night. The final two rail cars, both 6000 series, derailed as the train was entering an interchange.
Metro spokesperson Sherri Ly said no injuries were reported. She said the rail cars stayed upright but the derailment caused minor damage to the tracks and the railcars.
Metro Chief Operating Officer Joseph Leader said there will be more details to report after Metro investigates further.
“Our main concern last night was making sure we had enough trains out of the yard into an area that we could get (them) out in the morning (for service),” Leader said.
The East Falls Church derailment in July and the August 2015 derailments occurred as trains were entering interchanges.
Off pointed out that the SafeTrack line segment shutdown scheduled for October will include the interchange near Fort Totten Station.