1 chairman dies after fume empties DC transport station

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  • A Metro Transit Police officer walks adult a escalator during LEnfant Plaza Station in Washington, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, following an evacuation. Metro officials contend one of a busiest stations in downtown Washington has been evacuated since of smoke.  Authorities contend a source of a fume is unknown. Photo: Manuel Balce Ceneta, AP / AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — Smoke from an unclear source filled a bustling downtown transport hire in a nation’s collateral Monday, forcing a depletion of hundreds only before afternoon rush hour, authorities said. One chairman died and dozens were injured.

Hundreds of passengers were evacuated from a L’Enfant Plaza station, one of a transport system’s busiest, about 3:30 p.m., pronounced District of Columbia Fire and EMS orator Timothy Wilson.

Fire and EMS mouthpiece Caroline Laurin reliable that a chairman had died, though declined to contend more. She pronounced a National Transportation Safety Board, whose bureau is located during L’Enfant Plaza, was questioning and would yield additional information. The NTSB tweeted that it had begun an review and was on a scene.

“It started to get frightful flattering quick,” newcomer Jonathan Rogers was quoted by The Washington Post as saying. “People started praying. Smoke was entrance in flattering steadily.”

Passenger Saleh Damiger was quoted by a journal as observant that people were choking and yelling aboard a train. “It was a lot of smoke,” she said. “We couldn’t see any other. … We felt like we were roughly going to die.”

Eighteen people from a hire were taken to Medstar Washington Hospital Center, many of them for fume inhalation, according to mouthpiece So Young Pak. She pronounced 11 were treated and released. Of a 7 still in a sanatorium Monday night, one was in vicious condition and one was in critical condition, she said.

George Washington University Hospital orator Matt Brock pronounced in an email that 34 patients pang from fume transformation had been brought there. He pronounced their conditions varied.

The Post and ABC 7 radio reported that 40 people were taken to Howard University Hospital.

The source of a fume was not immediately known.


Associated Press Writer Kasey Jones in Baltimore contributed to this report.

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