Heavy smoke filled a Metro train and tunnel in Washington D.C. on Monday evening at L’Enfant Plaza station. One woman has died and two other passengers are in critical condition.
The source of the smoke is still not known as The National Transportation Safety Board conducts investigations.
Smoke fills a Metro train at L’Enfant Plaza Metro station.
Metro Box Alarm Update: 84pts. transported to area hospitals with various injuries. Over 200 people evaluated.1 firefighter injured.
— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) January 13, 2015
Those evacuated included people waiting for trains in the underground station and passengers on a disabled train about 150 feet south of L’Enfant Plaza who had to be rescued by police and firefighters.
Emergency medical workers evaluated about 200 people following the evacuation at a makeshift triage center set up along the street above. Those needing further medial attention were taken by ambulances and buses to hospitals in what the local firefighter’s union called a “mass casualty” event.
The woman who died was reportedly unresponsive with no pulse after CPR was performed on her at the scene. Her identity was not immediately released.
Metro and D.C. Fire Dept. officials said the two critical patients were being cared for at George Washington University Hospital. In all, 84 people were taken to local hospitals – including a firefighter who suffered serious, but not life-threatening injuries. The majority of those being treated, roughly 60 people, suffered from smoke inhalation; 40 such cases were being handled at Howard University Hospital and 20 others at Washington Hospital Center.
No trains stopped throughout the evening rush hour at L’Enfant Plaza, but it resumed service for the Orange, Silver and Blue lines shortly after 8 p.m.
Rail service was suspended through the end of the night on the Green and Yellow lines between Gallery Place and Navy Yard/Pentagon.