Malfunctioning Metro train near Gallery Place slows Yellow, Green Line service

A malfunctioning Metro train in a tunnel outside Gallery Place in D.C. briefly stranded about 100 passengers and led to even more delays Friday afternoon on a system already running limited service.

Metro said Yellow and Green Line service was restored between Mt. Vernon Square and L’Enfant Plaza at about 5:40 p.m., but that residual delays remained in both directions.

Service was briefly suspended between Gallery Place and Mt. Vernon Square Friday after the train was disabled with a potential brake issue about 100 feet from the Gallery Place platform at about 2:15 p.m., Metro said in a statement.

D.C. Fire and EMS said it had safely evacuated all passengers to the platform shortly after 3 p.m. Friday and that there were no reported injuries.

Some smoke was possibly observed initially, Metro said, which may have been a haze related to the train’s hard braking, but D.C. Fire and EMS said later there was no indication of smoke or fire.

A Metro spokesman said a total of seven people were seen self-evacuating the train.

D.C. Fire and EMS assisted Metro Transit Police in safely evacuating passengers.

The latest incident comes as Metro is already running limited service due to last week’s Blue Line derailment, following which the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission ordered Metro to take nearly all 7000 Series rail cars — roughly 60% of Metro’s fleet — out of service because of a wheel and axle issue.

Metro said Friday’s incident involved an older 3000 Series train.

WTOP’s Nardos Mesmer contributed to this report.

Jack Moore

Jack Moore joined WTOP.com as a digital writer/editor in July 2016. Previous to his current role, he covered federal government management and technology as the news editor at Nextgov.com, part of Government Executive Media Group.

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