Passengers Evacuated After Metro Red Line Train Stalls In Tunnel

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Metro Red Line train stalled inside a tunnel due to a problem in its brake system Monday morning.

Rick Jager of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the Red Line train was heading east from the Westlake station when the problem prompted an automatic shutdown shortly before 8 a.m.

More than two dozen firefighters worked to evacuate roughly 200 passengers from the train, which was stuck in a tunnel between the Westlake and Alvarado stations.

No injuries were reported.

The passengers were put on another train. Metro service was delayed for about 30 minutes before it was finally moved. It will be inspected to determine what caused the problem.

Late this afternoon, Metro officials said the stall was “simply a mechanical problem, not a systemic problem.”  A brake went on and power was cut to the train.  The technician was able to make a quick fix and the train was making its way to a service center by 9:44 a.m. under its own power.

The train will be back in service Tuesday.

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