Metro breaks down, riders walk tracks

A metro train broke down Wednesday afternoon in West Baltimore, leading riders to pull an emergency brake and walk the tracks, a Maryland Transit Administration official said.

The metro stopped around 5:09 p.m. when "a breaker was tripped at the Mondawmin substation and the Cold Spring station," MTA spokeswoman Paulette Austrich said in a statement.

"While power was out a patron on a train east of the Cold Spring station pulled the emergency brake, then several passengers got off the train and began walking on the tracks," she added.

At 5:39 p.m., power was restored, but MTA Police were forced to remove patrons from the tracks, delaying the restart of the trains until 5:57 p.m., Austrich said.

She said the MTA is investigating what led to the breakers tripping.

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