Smoke appears in Washington subway system three times in two days

By John Clarke
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The Woodley Park Metro station in Washington, DC is shown filling with smoke in this handout photo

The Woodley Park Metro station in Washington, DC is shown filling with smoke in this handout photo taken February 21, 2015, provided by Liz Palka. Riders on a Washington subway train were forced to evacuate after faulty brakes caused smoke to fill a station stop in the nation's capital on Saturday, officials said. The incident comes just one month after an arcing insulator in a tunnel near the L'Enfant Plaza station filled with smoke, killing one woman and sending 84 people to area hospitals. REUTERS/Liz Palka/Handout (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER TRANSPORT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. REUTERS IS UNABLE TO INDEPENDENTLY VERIFY THE AUTHENTICITY, CONTENT, LOCATION OR DATE OF THIS IMAGE. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO SALES. NO ARCHIVES. THIS PICTURE IS DISTRIBUTED EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

By John Clarke

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A mechanical failure on a Washington subway train caused smoke to fill a station stop on Sunday in the nation's capital, the third such incident in two days, according to officials.

L'Enfant Plaza station briefly filled with smoke after a mechanical issue occurred around 11 a.m., Metro spokesman Dan Stessel said.

He said officials were looking to see whether the failure was connected to a recent bout of wintry weather.

On Saturday evening, firefighters responded to a report of smoke and fire on a train line connecting Washington's Foggy Bottom station to a stop in Rosslyn, Virginia. The fire was caused by problems with system's electrified third rail, Stessel said.

Earlier on Saturday, around noon, passengers riding another train were evacuated after faulty brakes caused smoke to fill Woodley Park Metro station, officials said.

No injuries were reported during the incidents.

The three incidents come just one month after an arcing insulator in a tunnel near the L'Enfant Plaza station filled a car with smoke, killing one woman and sending 84 people to area hospitals.

The system, which operates in Washington, D.C., as well as the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, is the second-busiest in the country after New York City's subway network.

(Editing by Jonathan Allen and Eric Walsh)