Metrolink Red Line down through evening rush
(KPLR) – It has been a tough day for MetroLink passengers after a wire came down onto a train early Wednesday morning.
Passengers on that train and another one were forced to stay on board for up to an hour.
Meanwhile, the incident caused significant delays for the MetroLink morning commute.
Those delays are still continuing. Metro hopes the repairs will be completed to restore partial service by 7:00pm Wednesday.
In the meantime, passengers are being shuttled by bus between the North Hanley, UMSL North, UMSL South, Rock Road, and Wellston stations. The delay is about 35 minutes.
It all happened on the UMSL South Campus just off Natural Bridge. The wire came crashing down about 6:00 a.m., shattering some windows on the train. Another train also was impacted a little farther down the line. That train stopped when the wire snappedand the power was disrupted.
Metro says a total of about 100 passengers from both trains were on the trains for 45 minutes to an hour until crews determined it was safe for them to get off. That happened about 7:00 a.m.
The incident completely shut down the MetroLink Red line between the North Hanley and Wellston stops. That is a total of five stops including the two UMSL locations.
A Metro spokesperson says there is about a 35 minute delay for passengers using Metro’s Red line. The blue line is not impacted.
Metro hopes to have partial service restored to the red line by 7:00pm
Metro says nobody was hurt in the incident.