Metro Orange Line service returns to normal

Metro has suspended Orange Line train service between West Falls Church and Vienna, following reports of fire along Metro tracks.

A fire official said that they were requesting that Metro shut down power to the tracks so that crews can access the area.

Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel said a track near Dunn Loring was being inspected because of a “smoldering cross-tie.”

The transit authority said shuttle bus service is being established.

Officials were warning of trains being off-loaded and of crowding along the Orange Line.

5:56 p.m. Update: Fire officials report that the fire is out and power has been restored.

6:02 p.m. Update: Metro reports that trains are moving in both directions. However, reports are coming in that the stations are extremely crowded.

6:04 p.m. Update: This information in from Metro chief spokesman Dan Stessel: “I have no report of any brush fire.  I have a report of a smoldering cross tie.  It was extinguished by Metro personnel.  Subsequently Fairfax County FD requested power down on both tracks so they could perform an inspection.”

6:12 p.m. Update: Metro says normal service has resumed on the Orange Line.

6:20 p.m. Update: Metro now says riders should continue to expect ”residual delays.”

Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.
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