Metro Riders Self-Evacuate After Train Loses Power

Riders walk to College Park station

Wednesday, Jul 4, 2012  |  Updated 12:45 PM EDT
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The frustration with heat and a loss of power extended to Metro passengers Tuesday evening. Hundreds of people started walking down the tracks rather than waiting for help in a stifling train. Jackie Bensen reports on the dangerous situation from College Park, Md.

Jackie Bensen

The frustration with heat and a loss of power extended to Metro passengers Tuesday evening. Hundreds of people started walking down the tracks rather than waiting for help in a stifling train. Jackie Bensen reports on the dangerous situation from College Park, Md.

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As many as 300 Metro riders self-evacuated from a Green Line train was disabled by a power outage Tuesday evening.

The train was between Prince George’s Plaza and College Park when it went down about 5:50 p.m., Metro said. A train sent to pick up the passengers lost power as well.

Self-evacuations began after 6:15 p.m., Metro said. Several riders were evaluated by medics, and two had minor injuries.

While power was suspended for a brief time on the tracks, the College Park station did not lose power.

Service was suspended temporarily.

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