WASHINGTON, D.C. — Metro Safety Chief Pat Lavin said Thursday the piece of track where the Red Line train derailed Jan. 15 showed signs of pre-existing damage.
Metro officials said the site of derailment was an eight-foot section of fractured rail. Investigators found a crack at the bottom of the broken rail which “appeared to show signs of oxidation.”
The train derailed just outside Farragut North Station while carrying about 60 passengers during rush hour. No one was injured in the incident.
Lavin said the tunnel fans activated at 6:29, one minute after the train operator told the rail operations control center there was smoke in the tunnel. Metro Transit Police reported the derailment to the rail operations control center at about 6:45 a.m. Metro officials later determined the smoke was pulverized concrete from when the train derailed.