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Morning after Metro tragedy, commuters return to rails and Twitter

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The memory of a Metro train filling with smoke in a tunnel in downtown Washington, killing a woman and injuring more than 80 passengers, lingers in the air of Tuesday morning’s commute for many riders.

Fiddling with a phone is a commuter’s safety blanket. And the day after Monday’s accident, many turned to Twitter to express their fears, hopes, jokes and anger as they ride the rails.

L’Enfant Plaza reopened Tuesday.

Images from the smoke-filled train and rescues at L’Enfant Plaza station in 2015

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: Passengers react Monday afternoon as smoke filled a Metro train in a tunnel outside the L’Enfant Plaza Metro station. (Saleh Damiger)