Metro train hits deer, causes Blue Line delays

November 18, 2013

Updated at 9:07 a.m.

Metro said normal service has resumed on the Blue Line between Morgan Boulevard and Addison Road after a train struck a deer earlier in the morning.

Updated at 8:30 a.m.

Trains are no longer sharing a track between Morgan Boulevard and Addison Road. But Metro warns riders should expect delays to continue in both directions.

Updated 8:09 a.m.

Metro said the train that struck a deer has been “taken out of service” and that it will take another 20  to 30 minutes for crews to remove the deer from the tracks.

Trains have been sharing a track between Morgan Boulevard and Addison Road stops since the train hit the deer at Addison Road.

Also, on the Orange Line, trains are now moving after an earlier sick customer at the East Falls Church stop interrupted service. There may be residual delays.

Updated at 7:36 a.m.

A train struck a deer on the Blue Line early Monday morning, closing one track and forcing inbound and outbound trains to share the remaining track between Morgan Boulevard and Addison Road stops, Metro said.

Riders should expect delays in both directions.

Original at 6:45 a.m.

Metro is having Monday morning delays on two of its rail lines.

At 6:25 a.m., the transit agency said there were delays in both directions on the Blue Line. Trains were sharing a track between Morgan Boulevard and Addison Road stations because of a disabled train at Addison Road.

Earlier in the morning, Metro reported brief delays in both directions on its busy Red Line because of a signal problem at the Takoma station. That problem was resolved by 6:35 a.m., Metro said.

There were significant delays on the Red Line during the morning commute for two consecutive days last week, prompting Metro General Manager Richard Sarles to issue a public apology to riders.

Dana Hedgpeth is the Washington Post’s lead reporter in covering the Metro rail and bus systems in the D.C. region and the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) that runs them.
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