WASHINGTON — The Red Line of the D.C. Metrorail system is a disaster early Tuesday morning, as a cracked rail outside the Friendship Heights station has resulted in significant delays all across the line.

As the morning rush hour started, northbound trains to Shady Grove were bypassing Tenleytown, Friendship Heights and Bethesda, and trains were single-tracking between Van Ness and Friendship Heights.

Many reports emerged of over-crowding on trains, long waits and general unhappiness with the rail system. After all, the problems began before 7 a.m., the beginning of the morning commute, and matters would only get worse over the next few hours. Station managers warned passengers that problems would occur on northbound trains, but issues were just as bad — if not worse — on southbound trains heading toward downtown.

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