WASHINGTON — Metro riders who relied on the Red Line experienced single-tracking and longer wait times Tuesday morning as Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority crews worked on the site of the train derailment, officials said.
Metro investigators are looking mostly to determine if infrastructure problems led the railcars to come off the running rail Monday, Wiedefeld said, but they are also considering whether human error was a contributing factor.
WMATA spokesperson Sherri Ly confirmed that there were no injuries among the 60 passengers on the eight-car train, which was completely evacuated two hours after the 6:30am derailment.
Both Wiedefeld and WMATA Board of Directors chairman, D.C. Council member Jack Evans (Ward 2) on Monday favorably compared the response to the derailment by both WMATA and the D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Service with the L’Enfant Plaza smoke incident, which took place three years ago, noting that both agencies incident response showed improvement.
During the L’Enfant incident, which occurred on January 13, 2015, an electrical problem caused a train to stop while smoke built up in the Yellow/Green line tunnel. Exposure to the smoke resulted in the death of one woman and left dozens injured. Both WMATA and DC FEMS were harshly criticized in a National Transportation Safety Board report following an investigation, and the resulting report made numerous recommendations to both agencies, as well as to the Federal Transit Administration.
Buses replaced trains between Dupont Circle and Judiciary Square stations until around 10:30 a.m. Monday, officials said. The derailment caused delays in both directions on the Red Line.