LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Metro Red/Purple line train bound for Union Station in downtown Los Angeles had to be evacuated Tuesday morning after reports of a loud bang and possible smoke in the subway.
A little before 8:30 a.m., the train was halted in the subway near Union Station and cell phone video posted to social media showed passengers deboarding in the dark. They then had to use the emergency walkway to shuffle their way to the subterranean Red/Purple Line subway platform at Union Station, which was then also evacuated.READ MORE: Standoff Underway In Studio City With Suspect Barricaded In Hummer
Photos showed hundreds of people being cleared from the platform. Union Station itself was not evacuated during the incident, according to the L.A. Fire Department.READ MORE: Some Homeowners Say They're Victims Of Eviction Moratorium Rules As LA County Considers Extension
A little before 9 a.m., the train in question eventually pulled in to the station, but crews found no immediate evidence of fire or smoke, LAFD reported. Metro tweeted out that the issue was a “mechanical” one.
There were major Red/Purple Line delays between Union and Westlake/MacArthur Park stations because trains going in both directions were forced to use a single track.MORE NEWS: Airlines, Aviation Unions Call For Harsher Penalties For Unruly Passengers
No injuries were reported.