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On my cheerful morning commute on the Metro this morning, managed to sardine pack onto the Red Line for the end run from Gallery Place to Farragut North.  Bell chimes, door closes, train starts to pull out. . . THUNK. 

Huh. . . that didn't sound right? 

Train stops.  We sit.  Eventually, driver comes on the intercom, "Attention all customers - we will be stopped here momentarily while we check to see what that noise was.  We should be moving momentarily."  Sit. . . sit. . . . sit. . .  train starts moving.  Builds up to its cruising clip. . . BANG!  *flash*  BANG! *flash* *sparks*

What the hell was that?  Was that some sort of explosion?

"Smoke!  Smoke!  Where's the emergency stop button?"

Yup, that was apparently some sort of equipment explosion.  Well, this could be. . . interesting.  *smoke starts seeping into the car, people start scrambling towards the exits of a packed Metro car, people still yelling for the stop button*  Hmmm, no, this could be. . . bad.  Bad is the word.  "Attention all customers - we are trying to creep the train into Metro Center so I can offload all of you.  We cannot stop in the middle of the tunnel and offload."  Ooh, she's pretty smart - that's comforting. 

Train creeps into Metro Station with the driver announcing "Attention all customers on the platform - please back up.  This train is out of service."  No kidding. 

Well, that was fun.  Sort of.  Kind of.  In the "Boy, that could have been horrifically bad and it wasn't" sense.  Think I'll make a cup of coffee and not think about work for a little while. 

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artaxastra
Oct. 6th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
Oh dear! That sounds pretty scary! I'm glad you're ok, and that whatever it was...didn't blow up.
lawrence520
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Apparently it was one of the pieces of equipment that connects to the third rail. Not certain what actually happened to it, other than something that wasn't supposed to happen.
artaxastra
Oct. 7th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad you're ok. That must have been pretty dramatic.
siegeofangels
Oct. 6th, 2009 10:31 pm (UTC)
omg, that was you? I saw the email alert.

glad everything's okay!
lawrence520
Oct. 6th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
That was me, yes. Not, possibly, the most fun way to start your day. The sight of smoke seeping into your metro car? Ranks low, low, low on the list of things you want to see.

On the other hand, ended with no one being injured, trapped in tunnels or otherwise harmed, so all ok.
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