- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - Metro officials say a machine used to install new rail spikes derailed during track maintenance but there were no injuries.

Metro says the machine, called a spiker, derailed just after midnight Tuesday between the Ballston and East Falls Church stations, the area where Metro is focusing its track work blitz. Metro said in a statement that the machine, which is 21 feet long by 10 feet wide, is used to install spikes into wooden ties to hold rails in place.

Metro says a train reported possibly making contact with a mirror on the machine. The train was stopped, inspected and found safe. The train continued to East Falls Church, where passengers transferred to a different train.

Metro says overnight work in the area was suspended for a safety review.


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