Metro Train Derails Near East Falls Church, 1 Passenger Hurt

ARLINGTON, Va. — A train derailed in northern Virginia Friday morning, injuring one of about 75 passengers on board.

At about 6:15 a.m., two cars of a six-car Silver Line train, traveling in the direction of Wiehle-Reston East Station, derailed just east of East Falls Church station as the train was switching tracks. Metro says the cars of the train remained upright and in-line.

That area is not part of the current SafeTrack work zone, nor was it worked on during previous SafeTrack work.

Media outlets report Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld said the derailment caused significant damage to the tracks, switch mechanism and two rail cars. Service is suspended through the area on the orange and silver lines at least through Saturday.

Metro spokesman Dan Stessel says a man who said he was sleeping when the train derailed was taken to a hospital with a non-life-threatening head injury.

As of Saturday morning, significant delays and interruptions to service in Northern Virginia were still rampant. Per the WMATA website:

  • East Falls Church Station is closed, and bus service is available.
  • On the Orange Line, there is no train service between West Falls Church & Ballston. Bus shuttles are available.
  • On the Silver Line, there is no train service between McLean & Ballston. Bus shuttles are available.
  • Additionally, Metro encourages riders of the Orange and Silver Lines west of Ballston to use alternate forms of travel.

    The National Transportation Safety Board has sent two investigators to the scene, board spokesman Eric Weiss said. The board is trying to determine whether to open a wider investigation into the incident, he said.

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