1 person dies after smoke empties DC subway station

14 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Washington DC Metro passenger dies as smoke fills train and station.

A woman died when smoke poured through a subway train on the Washington DC Metro, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of people from a station just before afternoon rush hour. Hundreds of passengers had to flee the L’Enfant Plaza station, one of the subway system’s busiest, about 3.30pm, said District of Columbia fire and emergency spokesman Timothy Wilson. The Washington Post reported that a Virginia-bound Yellow Line train stopped suddenly just outside the station and began filling up with smoke, with some passengers choking and passing out while others passed around asthma inhalers for relief as they endured a long wait for rescue.

George Washington University hospital spokesman Matt Brock said in an email that 34 patients suffering from smoke inhalation had been brought there and their conditions varied.

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