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After train separation near Glenmont, all 6000 series Metro train cars to be pulled

WJLA – Washington D.C. logo WJLA – Washington D.C. 11/25/2020 Tom Roussey, ABC7

After a train separation in the tunnel near the Glenmont Metro station Tuesday afternoon, all 6000 series Metro trains will be pulled from service.

Tuesday's incident comes about a month-and-a-half after train cars separated near Union Station in October.

Spokesperson Pete Piringer with Montgomery County Fire & Rescue says the train was on a track several hundred feet south of the Glenmont platform that enables trains to go from one track to another.

Piringer says there passengers, and although one person was taken to the hospital for evaluation, Piringer says the person’s health issue was unrelated to the train car separation and they are expected to be okay.

Metro purchased 184 6000 series cars, and they first went into service in 2006.

In the October incident, two 6000 series train cars suddenly separated after the train had headed north out of Union Station.

None of the 108 passengers on board were seriously hurt in that incident. Although the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission (WMSC) is still investigating, it has said the cause of the train car separation in that case appeared to be an improperly torqued bolt.

The WMSC says Metro also temporarily pulled all its 6000 series cars after that incident, with potential issues found on at least 18 cars.

Train service was suspended between the Glenmont and Wheaton Metro stations but reopened before 6:30 p.m.

The WMSC says it will work with Metro to investigate the latest accident and any similarities with previous incidents. Metro says it want to work with the original manufacturer of the equipment involved in the incidents.

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