2 Metro problems in Va. delay morning commute

WASHINGTON — A pair of Metro problems snarled the morning commute in Virginia Tuesday.

The Orange Line ran on a single track between West Falls Church and Vienna for about an hour and a half after a high rail excavator, similar to a small crane, which pulls out old rail ties, derailed. A Metro spokeswoman said that there were no injuries and no damage to the track.

At about 6:30 a.m., Adam Tuss, of WTOP’s news partner NBC Washington, reported that the unit had been put back on the track; it was moved out shortly thereafter.

And service on the Blue Line was suspended between Franconia and Van Dorn Street due to a track problem outside the Van Dorn Street station. It was also cleared up after about an hour and a half.

In both situations, delays remained after the tracks were cleared up.

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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