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DC Metro Riders Rescued After Live Wire Falls On Track

July 30, 2010

WASHINGTON – Metro is back to normal service Friday after a downed power line stranded more than 40 passengers Thursday afternoon.

The 41 passengers got stuck when a storm brought a power line down on the tracks west of Washington. They were able to get off the train about three hours later.

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Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Capt. Oscar Garcia says a transformer may have exploded near Spring Street and Second Avenue in Silver Spring around 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

The explosion caused a wire to fall onto nearby train tracks.

Around 6:30 p.m., the wire was de-energized and power was restored to the track. The passengers and the train operator were rescued without reports of injuries or illness.

Red Line Metro trains in service were forced to stop at the Silver Spring or Forest Glen Metro station while Pepco crews de-energized the wire.

Leandra Williams was one of the passenger stuck aboard the Metro train.

“It was very stressful, very inconveniencing. I personally was on my way to work,” she says. “People had to stoop between cars to go to the bathroom.”

Thomas Squire says those aboard the train took the incident in stride.

“Surprisingly, there was kind of like a light morale throughout the train,” he says.

Service resumed with trains single-tracking between the Forest Glen and Silver Spring stations around 8 p.m.

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