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L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station Closed due to Smoke – “One dead, two in critical condition”

by Prince Of Petworth January 12, 2015 at 3:53 pm 55 Comments

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Gallery place crowds forming at 350pm

Reports are l’enfant plaza is closed. Updates when more info is available and I get to a computer.

Mass casualty event declared by dcfd. Hope all are ok. Updates soon.

Update from Metro PD:

“Metro Transit Police and fire department personnel are on scene at L’Enfant Plaza for smoke in the station.

The source of the smoke has not been determined. The station has been evacuated and is temporarily closed at this time.

Metro has activated tunnel fans to ventilate the area.

Service Information:
• Green Line service is SUSPENDED between Navy Yard and Mt Vernon Square.
• Yellow Line service is SUSPENDED between Pentagon City and Mt Vernon Square.
• Blue/Orange/Silver line trains are BYPASSING L’Enfant Plaza (passing through the station without stopping).
• L’Enfant Plaza is closed.
• Riders should consider alternate travel options. To view bus options, use Metro’s trip planner and select the “bus only” option. Expect significant delays.”

Update from @IAFF36:

“Mass Casualty” is a term utilized when additional resources are potentially necessary on large scale incidents”

Update from @metrorailinfo:

“Shuttle buses are enroute to L’Enfant Plaza & Navy Yard. 4:16p”

Update from @dcfireems:

“Metro Box Alarm Update – Passengers are being removed from disable train inside of tunnel. No injuries have been reported.”

Update from @Metrobusinfo:

“23A,25A,25C: Due to traffic congestion, buses are delayed up to 15 minutes in both directions.

32,34,36,39: Due to traffic congestion downtown, buses are delayed up to 20 minutes in both directions.”

Update 4:40pm from @Metrorailinfo:

Board Green Line shuttle buses at the following locations – Navy Yard: @ M St & NJ Ave; L’Enfant Plaza: @ 7th & C St

Update – you can see photos from the smoke filled trains and tunnel here.

Update 4:50pm from @Metrorailinfo:

“Green/Yellow lines: Rail service SUSPENDED btwn Navy Yard/Pentagon City & Mt Vernon Sq. Seek alternate travel options.

L’Enfant Plaza remains closed. FD on scene. Source of smoke remains undetermined. All evacuations completed.”

Update 5:30pm from @dcfireems:

“Update: Metro Box Alarm – 1 pt. transported with serious injuries and 5 pt. transported with minor injuries to area hospitals.”

Update 5:50pm from @DDOTDC:

“Closures: Indep Ave SW btw 7th & 10th St in both directions, 10th street from Indep Ave to D St. SW, D st btw 7th st & 10th St. 7th St DSt.”

From @Metrorailinfo:

“Green/Yellow update: Trains now servicing Gallery Pl for service to/from Greenbelt. Service remains suspended btwn Gallery Pl & Navy Yard”

Update 6pm from ‏@Metrobusinfo:

“H1,H2,H3,H4,H8: Due to traffic congestion near Columbia Rd & 13th St NW, buses are delayed in both directions.”

@Metrorailinfo:

“Green/Yellow lines: Rail service SUSPENDED between Navy Yard/Pentagon & Mt Vernon Sq. Seek alternate travel options. 6:05p”

Update 7:45pm from @dcfireems:

“Metro Box Alarm Update: 84pts. transported to area hospitals with various injuries. Over 200 people evaluated.1 firefighter injured. Update: Injured firefighter was transported to local hospital w/ serious but non-life threatening injuries.”

Washington Post reports:

“One dead, two in critical condition, with many others taken to hospitals.”

@Metrorailinfo:

“L’Enfant Plaza Station remains closed; Green/Yellow service suspended between Gallery Place and Navy Yard & Pentagon City. 7:40p”

@MetroTransitPD:

“Advised @NTSB is launching an investigation into L’Enfant incident. As a result, all info related to investigation will come from NTSB.”

Update 8:14pm from @Metrorailinfo:

L’Enfant Plaza Station has re-opened for Orange/Silver/Blue line service ONLY. Enter using the 7th & Maryland Av or 7th & D St entrances.

Green/Yellow line service will REMAIN SUSPENDED through end of service day btwn Gallery Place & Navy Yard/Pentagon.”

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