Metro doors open while train is moving

Photo of the open Metro doors Tuesday morning between the Van Ness and Tenleytown stations. (Courtesy Monica Arpino via Twitter)

Adam Tuss, wtop.com

WASHINGTON – There was a frightening safety incident on Metro’s Red Line Tuesday morning, as doors on two rail cars opened while a train was moving.

It happened around 9 a.m. between the Van Ness and Tenleytown stations. No one was hurt.

American University graduate journalism student, Monica Arpino, tweeted a photo of the open doors saying “Nothing like the breeze of open metro doors – while moving. Red line b/n Van Ness & Tenleytown.”

Passengers were taken off the train and the rail cars in question have been moved to a rail yard for testing.

“The scope of incident (meaning how many doors opened) is under review,” writes Metro Chief Spokesperson Dan Stessel in an e-mail.

The incidents happened with Metro’s 1000 series rail cars, the oldest in Metro’s fleet. The 1000 series rail cars make up about a quarter of Metro’s rail car fleet.

Metro says it’s too early to tell if all 1000 series rail cars will have to be taken out of service and tested.

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