WASHINGTON - Friday morning's derailment will continue to affect Silver and Orange line service through Saturday, Metro announced Friday afternoon.
One passenger was injured Friday after two cars on a Metro train line derailed near the East Falls Church station causing major disruptions for morning commuters. The derailment happened around 6:15 a.m. near the platform at the East Falls Church station.
75 passengers who were on the train were off-loaded after the derailment. The one person injured was believed to have suffered minor, non-life-threatening injuries.
Metro is advising Orange and Silver line riders that train service between West Falls Church/McLean and Ballston stations will remain suspended at least through the end of the day Saturday to allow for further investigation, removal of derailed cars, and repairs to infrastructure that was damaged during the incident.
Metro is providing free shuttle buses between the Ballston, East Falls Church, West Falls Church and McLean stations. But riders are encouraged to avoid the rail system if they can.
During the Friday evening rush hour, Orange and Silver line trains will operate as follows:
• Orange Line runs every 12 minutes in two segments: between Vienna and West Falls Church, and between Ballston and New Carrollton
• Silver Line runs every 12 minutes in two segments: between Wiehle-Reston East and McLean, and between Ballston and Largo Town Center
• Riders traveling from DC to stations west of Ballston should board the first Orange or Silver line train with available space, regardless of the line color, as all trains will end at Ballston.
Metro is bringing in specialized equipment, including cranes and re-railing machines, to safely clear the scene without causing additional damage. Only after the railcars are moved from the scene will Metro be able to fully assess the scope of track and switch infrastructure that must be replaced.
The National Transportation Safety Board is sending two investigators to the scene to determine whether there is a need for a more extensive investigation. Officials will investigate, remove the derailed cars and repair infrastructure damaged during the incident, Metro said. A third-party expert also will investigate the cause of the derailment.