Smoke near Metro train causes delays

Local,DC,Alan Blinder

Metro said Sunday that "stuck brakes" caused one of its trains to send smoke skyward while traveling near the Ronald Regan Washington National Airport, prompting delays on the Blue and Yellow lines amid the Thanksgiving travel crush.

Dan Stessel, a spokesman for the transit agency, said the involved train was not carrying any passengers when the incident took place around 10:43 a.m. Sunday, and no one was injured. The train was empty, Stessel said, because it was being moved to another part of the Metro system.

Although eyewitnesses reported the train had caught on fire, Stessel said Metro had no evidence that a blaze had broken out aboard the train.

"They might have seen smoke. I don't have anything supporting a fire at this point," said Stessel, who added that stuck brakes are "a mechanical problem that generates brake dust and smoke."

Metro said the incident caused brief delays as a train single-tracked around the station while authorities managed the incident.

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