Miami-Dade County

Metrorail passengers evacuated after train breaks down near Vizcaya

About 50 passengers were evacuated from a Metrorail train on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 23, 2017, after it stopped on the tracks and someone noticed smoke, authorities said.
About 50 passengers were evacuated from a Metrorail train on Thanksgiving night, Nov. 23, 2017, after it stopped on the tracks and someone noticed smoke, authorities said. Miami Herald file

About 50 passengers were evacuated from a Metrorail train Thursday night after it stopped on the tracks and smoke was detected onboard, authorities said.

The train, which was heading north from the Vizcaya station toward the Brickell station, stopped on the ground-level tracks sometime around 6:40 p.m. and someone noticed smoke, said Miami-Dade Transit spokeswoman Karla Damian. All the riders were then safely evacuated onto a southbound train back to the Vizcaya station, she said.

None of the people on the train was injured.

The passengers who were evacuated were transported back north by bus, Damian added. Service for that portion of the track was restored around 7:30 p.m. after the power was reset, she said.

No fire was found on the train. Transit officials are still investigating the cause of the smoke, Damian said.

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