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26 issues found during D.C. Metro inspection shutdown

Posted on March 17, 2016

Screenshot of frayed power cable found during inspection of Metrorail. D.C. Metro
Screenshot of frayed power cable found during inspection of Metrorail. D.C. Metro

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's (D.C. Metro) rail system reopened Thursday morning after it was closed all day Wednesday for emergency inspections of 600 power cables — and after repairs of at least 26 cables that were frayed and damaged, NBC Washington reported.

The damage at three locations was so severe that those parts of the track were "showstoppers," where "we would not be running trains if we came upon these conditions," said Metro GM Paul Wiedefeld at a press conference Wednesday.

Frayed power cables are believed to have been the cause of a fire on the tracks early Monday and of an emergency in January 2015, when smoke filled a Metro tunnel, dozens of passengers were sickened and one woman died, reported NBC Washington.

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