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Some Orange Line passengers stranded for two hours

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Published on: Monday, January 28, 2013

By Jim Davis

Forty-four passengers on the Orange Line late Sunday had quite the unexpected night.

Just after 10:30 p.m. passengers traveling to the New Carrollton Metro station became stranded for more than two hours in the dark with the temperature in the low 20s. The delay was caused by damage to the third rail between the New Carrollton and Cheverly stations, according to Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority.  

“What happened last night is that we had damage to the third rail in two locations, and that damage in turn caused damage to passing trains,” WMATA spokesman Dan Stessel said Monday.

The trapped riders were all moved to the first train car with the conductor until help arrived, Stessel said.

Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and Metro Transit Police were called to assist the trapped passengers.

Eventually, the 44 passengers were transferred to another train without incident, Stessel said.

Metro officials said they regret that the issue happened and are glad no one was hurt.

“We never want to see passengers delayed for extended periods of time, but the more important thing for us was that this was handled safely,” Stessel said.

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