Commute at DuPont back to normal after passengers evacuated train smelling "smoke & burned rubber" (9NewsDelia via Twitter)
WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Hundreds of people were evacuated from trains at Dupont Circle around 8:30 Monday morning. Metro says a train broke down, causing a massive backup at the station which is only operating with one entrance due to escalator repairs. Everyone got out safely but passengers were left frustrated and late for work.
Some Metro passengers reported smelling "smoke and burned rubber" at Dupont Circle on Monday morning. The station was closed around 9:12 a.m. "due to a disabled train at the platform" tweeted @wmata. Metro also said that the train was offloaded.
According to a Metro spokesperson, a Red Line train was taken out of service around 8:30 a.m. due to a mechanical problem and other trains bypassed the station until 8:50 a.m. to allow crowds to dwindle.
The Metro spokesperson via email said that the Dupont Circle crowding was unrelated to the computer glitch issues this past weekend. He said that crowds are monitored at Dupont Circle due to the South Entrance being closed for escalator replacement.
The station is back open at this time. Some passengers who were evacuated from the Dupont Circle station, claiming they saw and smelled smoke, and that the scene was crowded without much direction from Metro employees.