Fire on Track Delays Red Line Trains

The Cleveland Park and Woodley Park Metro stations on the Red Line were closed Tuesday evening because of a fire on the track between the stations, according to Metro.

D.C. Fire and Rescue responded to the report. The fire was caused by a bolt arcing on the tracks.

At about 6:15pm, a train operator saw fire on the tracks.  He was able to extinguish the flames.  Shortly thereafter, another operator saw fire on the tracks and firefighters were called to the scene.  Metro officials said it appears a bolt caught fire.

Metro established shuttle service between the Dupont Circle and Van Ness-UDC stations. Buses were not needed after 7:30 p.m., when single tracking began. Normal services resumed at about 8:15 p.m. 

Riders experienced delays in both directions. Riders also used the L1, L2 and L4 Metrobuses.

The investigation continues.

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