Metro train derailed at New Carrollton over the weekend

An Orange Line train carrying no passengers derailed at New Carrollton early Saturday morning. There were no injuries, but repairs were needed on the track, third rail and switch equipment over the weekend.

The incident occurred on Saturday at about 1:50 a.m., according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel. The train was traveling at a low speed when it derailed, and only the operator was on the train. The derailment took place in the New Carrolton yard, which is an area where trains are stored and serviced, rather than on the main line where trains drop off and pick up passengers.

Repairs were made over the weekend, but there is no estimate available yet for the cost of the damage, Stessel said. An investigation into the cause of the derailment is ongoing.

A Green Line train derailed last July near the West Hyattsville station, which Metro blamed on a section of rail that had been warped by hot temperatures. That followed a train derailment at Rosslyn last April, an incident Metro attributed to human error.

The derailment at New Carrollton was first reported by the blog Unsuck DC Metro.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He runs Post Nation, a destination for breaking news and developing stories from around the country.

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