Updated at 9:18 a.m.
Metro trains are no longer sharing a track after an earlier problem. But some delays remain.
Richard L. Jordan, a Metro spokesman, said in an email that “multiple arcing insulators” near the Medical Center stop that caused the earlier problem.
Arcing on a track happens when stray electrical current from the rail’s third rail finds another path to the ground, usually because of puddled water, mud or dirt. When electrical arcing incidents happen, they can lead to track fires. And at times, smoke — and sometimes fire — can be seen or reported.
Updated at 8:53 a.m.
An insulator on a Metro rail track on the Red Line caused delays Friday morning for riders, officials said.
In a Twitter message, Pete Piringer — a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire, said the situation was “under control” and that there were no injuries.
Earlier in the morning, the situation had started as a report of a possible fire on the tracks but after crews got on the scene they figured out it was a troubled insulator.
But there are delays for riders. Trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Medical Center stops.
Updated at 8:47 a.m.
A Montgomery County Fire department official said no fire was found after an earlier report along the Red Line outside the Medical Center stop. But trains on the line continue to share a track and riders should expect delays.
Trains are sharing a track between the Grosvenor and Medical Center stops. It is not clear how long the delays, which are in both directions of the line, will last.
Updated at 8:26 a.m.
Metro said trains on its Red Line are sharing a track because of a possible fire on the track outside the Medical Center stop. It is not clear how long the delays will last.
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Original post at 8:25 a.m.
Riders on Metro’s Red Line should expect delays for Friday morning’s commute because of a possible fire on the track outside the Medical Center stop.
It is not clear how long the delays will last.