On Sunday night, an incident involving large amounts of smoke occurred between the Los Dos Caminos and Los Cortijos stations of the Caracas Metro, according to reports from security agencies and metro users on Twitter.
According to initial reports, the incident was caused by an electrical failure in one of the trains that damaged the braking system. This produced a large amount of smoke in three wagons, affecting the breathing of many passengers who abruptly evacuated Los Cortijos station, without much assistance from Metro personnel, according to social media complaints.
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REPORTADO INCENDIO EN METRO DE CARACAS
La noche de este domingo se reportó una humareda dentro de un vagón del Metro de Caracas, entre las estaciones Los Dos Caminos y Los Cortijos de la Línea 1, lo que requirió el desalojo de usuarios.#15feb #MetrodeCaracas #Caracas pic.twitter.com/jbpuVwlbJn
— INFORMACIÓN DE VENEZUELA (@Reportes_360) February 15, 2021
Paramedics from the Ministry of Transport came to the site to help the injured. Firefighters and Metro personnel reviewed the facilities to verify the situation, which was corrected after 10 pm on Sunday.
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#DeInterés| Metro de Caracas informa que el evento ocurrido en la noche de este Dom #14Feb, fue a causa de una pérdida de aislamiento en un frotador, ocasionando que el tren se detuviera y generando humo, debido al contacto de ambas partes .(1/3)@VTVcanal8
— Metro de Caracas (@metro_caracas) February 15, 2021
On Monday morning Metro de Caracas posted a thread on Twitter with an explanation of the incident: “Metro de Caracas reports that the event occurred on the night of this Sun #14Feb. It was due to a loss of insulation in a scrubber, causing the train to stop and generating smoke, due to the contact of both elements… The service was restored immediately and operations continued without any other mishap. It is worth noting that the staff is conducting inspection of the areas, in order to guarantee the mobility of our users.”
Featured image: Photo courtesy of Metro users on Twitter.
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