Door Opens on Moving Metro Train

Monday, August 3, 2009; 6:37 PM

A door apparently opened on a moving Metro train Monday during rush hour, a Metro official confirmed late Monday.

Between the Federal Center SW and L'Enfant Plaza stations, on an Orange Line train heading toward Vienna, a customer alerted the operator that a single door had come open, according to spokesman Steven Taubenkibel. The train operator took the train out of service at L'Enfant Plaza. There were no injuries, he said, and an investigation into what happened is underway.

A passenger, who requested anonymity because he is restricted from speaking to the media in his job as a House aide, said that the left panel in the middle door of a middle car came open and that the door closed as soon as the operator hit the brakes.

The door that opened was on the opposite side from where the doors opened at the next station, the passenger said.

-- James Hohmann

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