- The Washington Times - Friday, July 29, 2016

Metro rail service on one section of the Orange and Silver lines will be suspended at least through Saturday after a train derailed at a northern Virginia segment Friday morning.

Service between West Falls Church/McLean and Ballston stations will remain suspended at least through the end of Saturday to allow for further investigation, removal of derailed cars and repairs to infrastructure damaged during the incident, Metro officials said.

At a press conference Friday afternoon, Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the cause of the accident was still under investigation and it wasn’t clear when the portion of the two lines would reopen.

“Let us get through tonight, see where we are tomorrow, and we can be better judges,” Mr. Wiedefeld told reporters. “Like everyone else, we’re frustrated and want this fixed as quickly as we can.”

Metro says it will continue to provide free shuttle buses between Ballston, East Falls Church, West Falls Church and McLean stations until rail service is restored.

The derailment occurred about 6:15 a.m. Friday when an outbound Silver Line train jumped the tracks as it approached the East Falls Church station.

About 75 passengers aboard were all safely evacuated. One man was taken to the hospital after hitting his head when the cars derailed about 100 feet from the platform, according to Metro.

The incident did not occur in an area where crews were doing work as part of the transit agency’s SafeTrack maintenance-overhaul project, but it did cause significant damage to the portion of the tracks that switch trains between the two stations.

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