Overcrowded Metro Leaves Some Out in the Cold

Some treated for symptoms of hypothermia

WASHINGTON -- Some Metro stations were opened and closed Tuesday as authorities tried to prevent overcrowding on the platforms.

Authorities closed the Federal Triangle station on the Blue and Orange lines at about 11:30 a.m., then reopened it at 4 p.m., at which point they closed the Judiciary Square station on the Red Line for the rest of the night.

At Farragut West, L'Enfant Plaza, Federal Center and Gallery Place, there were reports of authorities "metering" the crowd. In other words, stopping people from entering stations until platforms were cleared.

Some riders complained they felt like Metro left them stranded holding their commemorative fare cards. Some complained it was too hot inside stations while others were bothered by the cold as they tired to get inside.

More than a dozen people at L'Enfant received medical treatment, with some showing symptoms of hypothermia. No serious injuries were reported, but warming buses were sent to the station.

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