A Metro train derailed this afternoon in Arlington County, VA. Metro reports the incident occurred at 2:45 PM. The Arlington Fire Department says it got the call at 3:04 PM and was on the scene two-minutes later. STATter 911 is checking further into why about 19-minutes elapsed before notification.
Here is what wusa9.com is reporting so far about the incident:
Metro says an Orange Line train derailed this afternoon between the Rosslyn and Court House stations. The train was heading in the direction of Vienna.
The train derailed around 2:45 p.m. According to witnesses on the train, the driver said the third car of the 6 car train derailed shortly after leaving the Rosslyn station. When it happened, a large squeal could be heard on other cars. The train came to a stop shortly thereafter. The train restarted after a few seconds, went a few yards, and stopped again.
After about 15 minutes trapped in the tunnel, the train lost power, shutting off the air conditioning and emergency lights. A rescue train was dispatched around 3:20pm. The driver instructed passengers on evacuation procedures, which involved everyone walking forward to the rescue train.
Metro says to expect significant delays on the Orange Line. Orange line trains are sharing a single track between the Clarendon and Foggy Bottom stations. The Blue Line is operating normally. Free shuttle buses are also operating at the Foggy Bottom, Virginia Square and Court House stations.
Metro officials tell 9NEWS NOW no one on the train sustained any injuries, however, a pregnant woman was taken to a local hospital for observation.