- - Thursday, January 26, 2012

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Metro rail cracks snarl morning commute again

Metro officials are trying to determine what caused a Red Line rail to crack and cause significant delays during the Thursday morning commute, the second such incident in recent weeks.

The crack was discovered near the Tenleytown-AU station at about 7 a.m. Service was further delayed when a Red Line train between the Friendship Heights and Van Ness-UDC stations stopped because of a triggered safety mechanism.

A Metro official said the train stopped because the mechanism sensed a door was open. He also said the mechanism might have been triggered by a passenger leaning on a door. The conductor found the problem door and got the train moving.

The crack was repaired before the evening commute.

Two weeks ago, plummeting temperatures caused a 4-inch crack in a Yellow Line rail, near the Pentagon station. The crack was reported during the morning rush hour and caused significant delays on the Yellow and Blue lines.

Crews replaced the section of rail before the evening commute. A smaller crack was repaired on a Red Line track the same day.

Transit officials said at the time the problem was the result of overnight freezing, but temperatures Wednesday night and early Thursday morning were well above freezing.

Meredith Somers

Residents hospitalized from carbon monoxide fumes

Three D.C. residents were hospitalized Thursday morning with carbon monoxide poisoning from a leak in a Northwest row house, according to officials.

The incident occurred at about 7 a.m. in the 1700 block of P Street Northwest. The victims were taken to a hospital, with one of them in critical condition, the Metropolitan Police Department said. An inspector with Washington Gas said a basement furnace appeared to be the source of the leak. A friend of the home’s owner said the furnace had recently been serviced.

Andrea Noble

VIRGINIA

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