Metro passengers wanted for 'unlawful entry'

Passengers use emergency door to leave

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) - Metro Police are on the look out for two passengers that opened up an emergency door, and walked back to the station on the tracks late Tuesday night.

WUSA9 has learned that these passengers could face charges for "unlawful entry" if they are identified.

According to Metro, the incident happened shortly after 10:00 p.m., Tuesday night when the train was docked at a "pocket track" due to a "switcher problem." The train was delayed for about 15 minutes, when two passengers apparently became frustrated, and opened the door themselves. Station Manager at Farragutt North, Steven Mahaffey, said this created greater delays because they had to search the tracks.

"It causes chaos," he said. "You know, you can't move anything because you have someone on the roadway."

In the end, the train didn't start moving until just after 10:40 p.m. Beyond delays, Metro is emphasizing that walking on the track also creates major safety concerns. The electric third rail gives off 750 volts, an amount that can kill a pedestrian on contact, according to Metro.

After leaving the train, the duo was spotted by a maintenance worker, who walked them back to Farragut North. According to Metro, the two passengers were told to wait for police, but instead became "irate," and left the station.

Metro rider Bruce Blackistone said the passengers should be punished if they're found.

"I think it's rude bordering on crazy," he said. "It's dangerous and I know people get frustrated and disgusted but there's no reason to imperil yourself and others and to delay everybody." 

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