Metro GM explains falling ceiling debris at Rhode Island station

One Metro station was closed on Wednesday night due to falling debris.

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood Metro station is now open after a piece of metal and concrete fell from the ceiling Wednesday night.

WMATA General Manager Paul Wiedefeld, along with other staffers, surveyed the location where the debris fell, just above one of the two escalators in the station.

"This was a spacer related to this escalator," said Wiedefield describing the debris that fell onto the mezzanine level.

No one was hurt but the incident caused trains to bypass the station temporarily Wednesday night.

Staff worked overnight to investigate and clear the debris as well. Incidents like what happened Wednesday night are leaving some Metro riders with mixed feelings about overall service and safety. "I only use it because I don't have a car and I have to rely on public transportation," one rider explained when asked if she felt safe on Metrorail.

"Everything is good. No problems," another Metro rider explained.


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