Green Line delayed after third rail accident

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Photo - Metro center subway, Monday, April 23, 2012
Metro center subway, Monday, April 23, 2012
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Riders on Metro's Green Line are experiencing extra delays Sunday after a piece of equipment fell on an electrified third rail outside West Hyattsville, welding to it.

A cover board somehow dislodged and fell onto the third rail Sunday afternoon, creating lots of smoke but no fire, said Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.

As a result of the accident trains are single-tracking between Fort Totten and Prince George's Plaza Metro stations, in addition to the scheduled single-tracking between Greenbelt and College Park.

Stessel expected the problem to be cleared up later on Sunday, before the Monday rush hour.

lessley@washingtonexaminer.com

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