Metro doors open while train is moving

Adam Tuss,

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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