Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

10/07/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/07/2019 01:45

Metro investigating overnight train incident at Farragut West; delays likely on Orange, Silver, Blue lines this morning

For immediate release: October 7, 2019

Metro is investigating an overnight rear-end collision involving two out-of-service trains that were in the process of being moved to their respective rail yards. The incident occurred at approximately 12:54 a.m. between Foggy Bottom and Farragut West stations. The trains, each comprised of six 3000-series cars, were traveling in the same direction (eastbound) on the same track. There were no passengers aboard either train. Both train operators (one per train) requested medical assistance for non-life-threatening injuries. All railcars remained on the tracks, and there was no reported damage to tunnel infrastructure. An assessment of railcar damage is pending.

Metro has launched a full investigation to determine the cause of the incident, including analysis of event recorders and inspections of railcar and signal systems. In addition, Metro notified the Metropolitan Washington Safety Commission and the National Transportation Safety Board as required.

While Metro will work to restore normal service as quickly as possible, conducting a thorough on-scene safety investigation is the first priority. As a result, customers on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines are advised that delays-and potentially single tracking-are likely during the morning rush hour. Customers may wish to consider alternate travel modes to avoid delays.